Woman with Alzheimer’s surrounded by death inside her house

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DECATUR, Ala. —  Police and Fire officials in Decatur, Ala., were called to a home Friday afternoon where they found a man, Jessie Claude Kirby, 75, dead from what’s believed to be natural causes.

However, they say they found his elderly wife, Doris Kirby, 78, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, inside the home as well.

It’s estimated that the Jessie Kirby had been dead for about a month. Police told WHNT News 19 that Doris Kirby was in very poor condition, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police also say there were two dogs inside that appeared to have died from starvation. Police did not release any details on why no one had checked on the couple for so long or who called them to the home.

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5 comments

  • Danette Wheeler

    OMG!!! My heart just hurts, I’m in tears knowing that this situation happened. I beg you why, why is this population considered a “throw-away” group??? Nobody pays attention to their neighbors, their older loved ones or the man sitting on the corner. We as a society have become to self absorbed to even take 10 minutes out of or day to say hello to our neighbor, or call on a elderly family member. We don’t even take the time to hold the door open for someone and greet them with a smile.
    As a Alzheimer’s nurse this just breaks my heart. This is someone’s Mother, Father , Aunt or Uncle, this breaks my heart!! No body and I mean no body should have to end their life this way!!

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