A DAMNING report into a Largs care home has been welcomed by a grieving relative who says her aunt died following horrific neglect.

Nancy Black, who had lived in the town her whole life, went into Moorburn Manor in 2016 after suffering a stroke which left her paralysed down one side and unable to speak.

Less than two years later, she contracted gangrene in her foot after it was hurt by staff.

Niece June Coburn, 68, claims workers ignored the problem, despite claiming it was 'being managed' - allowing it to eventually turn black and require amputation.

The infection was so severe Nancy developed sepsis and died in April 2019 aged 79.

June complained to Moorburn Manor immediately after her aunt’s death but has yet to receive a reply - more than two years on.

She has however had two official complaints upheld by the Care Inspectorate, one of which triggered a surprise visit last month that uncovered a string of further failings.

The home was given an unsatisfactory rating for care and support after the watchdog discovered that residents had no way to call for help in their rooms and also found they were left alone at the dinner table long after their meal had finished.

A follow-up visit then found that not all of the required changes had been met and Moorburn Manor was issued with a formal Improvement Notice.

June says she is unsurprised at the watchdog's findings after the lack of care she claims led to her aunt's death.

She said: “I went up to her room and when I entered the stench just hit me, I could have been sick at the smell.

“Nancy saw me and burst into tears. She threw back the quilt and started making noises and pointing to her foot.

“I could have died when I saw it. The black gangrene was halfway up her foot, pictured, and there was no recognisable big toe, just a rotting black mess.

“There was blood and puss all over the sheets and they had jammed her window open with one of her shoes.”

June immediately raised the alarm and Nancy was scheduled for an emergency operation to amputate the foot.

However just three days before she was due to go into hospital, Nancy passed away.

June says the lack of care that her aunt received meant she died not just of sepsis, but of neglect.

She said: “This was a woman who couldn't speak or move, and they thought it was okay to leave her lying in her bed with her foot rotting away.

“That is the type of care that Moorburn Manor offered and are probably still offering. It’s just a big money-making exercise.

“Her whole pension went to that care home but there was no care in return. How did she become so ill when she was meant to be monitored?

“How can a nursing home not recognise the signs of sepsis? She should have had her leg amputated, sued the life out of them and moved into a decent nursing home.”

June says the recent damning report is a step in the right direction to finally holding Moorburn Manor to account.

She said: “I am pleased that it is finally in the public domain how bad they are.

“There were dozens of people in and out of my aunt’s room and not a single one saw acted or thought to pick up the phone to us.

“I am so pleased that they have been given the lowest rating in their inspection because in my mind they deserve to be closed down.

“My aunt died alone, distressed and in the stench of her own rotting flesh. You wouldn't allow an animal to die in the horrific manner she did.

Although I am elated that the care inspectorate have upheld my complaints, I will not rest until those I deem as responsible for her death are held accountable.

“I am telling this story so that nobody else’s mother, father, brother, sister, uncle or auntie has to go through what Nancy did.

“It is too late for her but someone needs to be held accountable, not just for her death but the manner in which she died.”

When contacted by the News, Moorburn Manor did not respond to our requests for comment on the recent Care Inspectorate report or the failure to respond to June's questions about her aunt’s death.