A Melbourne woman allowed her mother to be eaten alive by maggots and left her dying on a floor surrounded by her own waste, a court has heard.

Kateryna Pyrczak's St Albans house allegedly smelt like a "rotting corpse" when she was discovered by paramedics lying on her kitchen floor with gangrenous legs on November 10 last year.

Police allege the 72-year-old's right leg was gangrenous from knee to foot and was being eaten by maggots and her body was covered in ulcers.

Ms Pyrczak was rushed to the Western General Hospital but died from multiple organ failure and septicemia later that night.

The case has shocked medical professionals, reducing nurses to tears.

Today, her daughter and sole carer Mary Eve Pyrczak, 49, fronted the Melbourne Magistrates' Court charged with negligently killing her mother.

Kateryna Pyrczak allegedly told police she did not call an ambulance because she feared it would cost her $800.

Neighbours had told Kateryna Pyrczak to seek medical attention for her mother last September, police allege.

She eventually called triple-zero on November 10.

Detective Senior Constable Victor Anastasiadis told Kateryna Pyrczak's bail hearing her mother's house smelt "like a rotting corpse" and was littered with cans of fly spray and air freshener.

"Basically the foot was being eaten away by them (the maggots)," Det-Sen Const. Anastasiadis told the court.

"I don't believe any amount of words can truly represent the injuries she presented with."

Det-Sen Const. Anastasiadis also alleged Ms Pyrczak was surrounded by "a number of litres of human faeces" when discovered.

He strongly opposed bail.

"I think a strong message needs to be sent out to carers in our society ... that this sort of conduct will not be tolerated," Det Sen Const Anastasiadis said.

Kateryna Pyrczak's lawyer Matthew White said there were aspects of the case that were clearly "distasteful".

But he said the charge gave his client the presumption of bail.

Mr White said his client, who owned a home in St Albans close to her mother, was not a flight risk.

He said she denied all allegations put to her by police.

Magistrate Phillip Goldberg, who was shown photographs of Ms Pyrczak's body, granted Kateryna Pyrczak bail on conditions including not contacting prosecution witnesses.

Kateryna Pyrczak will next appear in court on August 21 for a committal mention.

AAP

The West Australian

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