Retirement home worker caught pummeling Alzheimer’s patient

Shocking new video shows a heartless retirement home worker repeatedly pummel an 89-year-old man in the face as he tries to change the old man’s diaper.

The whole scene unfolded as patient Georges Karam’s horrified grandson watched in real time via webcam from home, according to the Ottowa Citizen, which obtained the footage this week.

“I literally stood up and fell down, my legs gave way because I didn’t know how to respond to this,” Daniel Nassrallah told the paper. “We have a camera on him, and even that didn’t deter him. To me, that’s mind-blowing.”

The video shows Karam lying his bed at the city-run Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home in Ottawa as the worker, Jie Xiao, yanks him back and forth while removing his diaper back in March, according to the paper.

The agitated Karam — who is immobile, largely non-verbal and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease — takes a couple swipes at Xiao with his crippled and shaking hand.

After Karam’s third swipe, closer to Xiao’s face, the 44-year-old worker deals a series of rapid blows to the side of the frail man’s face. The worker pauses between the punches, and holds Karam’s arm during the beating, the shocking video shows.

The worker appears to be swearing at Karam before the elderly man lets out a shout.

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Xiao briefly leaves the room but returns moments later, pointing at Karam’s hand and his own face — before making a fist and pointing at Karam’s face.

He then pulls Karam’s blankets up, closes his eyelids with his fingers and pats the elderly man on the head.

The video was recorded on a camera installed by the patient’s family, after Karam kept suffering unexplained injuries following his move into the home two years ago, the Citizen reported.

After seeing the shocking scene, Nassrallah called 911 and rushed over to the home, hoping to catch Xiao before his shift was over. Cops were already there.

Nassrallah showed police the video, and they arrested Xiao on the spot.

Karam was taken to a local hospital, where a CT scan showed no serious injuries. He eventually returned to the home, the Citizen reported.

Ottawa police Detective Hilary Rao with the elder abuse unit told the Citizen that the video was “definitely disturbing.”

Janice Burelle, head of community and social services in Ottawa, called the whole incident “deeply troubling,” telling the Citizen that “the actions of this worker are completely at odds with our mission and our commitment to the health and the well-being of our residents.”

Xiao was immediately removed from the home and “is no longer with the City of Ottawa,” Burelle told the paper. He pleaded guilty to assault last Tuesday. His sentencing is expected to be held later this year.

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