An elderly Californian died a lonely death after sharing a room with a Covid-19 patient at a care home where staff weren’t allowed to wear masks as bosses feared the facility could be shut down, his daughter and lawyer told RT.

The family of Ricardo Saldana, aged 77, argue that their loved one – who dwelled at Glenhaven, a nursing home located in Glendale, California – would have stayed healthy if the facility had properly shielded residents from the Covid-19 outbreak.

Instead, Glenhaven staff put a person, already exposed to the contagion, in the same room as Saldana, leaving him defenseless against the virus.

“It was negligence [by] the nursing facility,” his daughter Jackie Saldana recalled when speaking to RT, revealing that as a result her father quickly developed breathing difficulties, spending his last days on a ventilator.

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Tragically, she was only able to bid farewell to the man who was “a fighter” and “a best friend” during a video call. “But he couldn’t respond because he had an oxygen mask over his face,” the woman said, with her voice slightly trembling.

Now, the death of the 77-year-old has led relatives to roll out a lawsuit against Glenhaven, which, as their lawyer Scott Glovsky says, recklessly downplayed the danger of Covid-19.

We’ve heard from folks within the staff all of the information that’s come to light, including the fact that Glenhaven were not allowing nurses or staff to wear masks.