On October 3, a veteran at the Talihina Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs center was found to have maggots in his wound. He died shortly after. Four employees, a physician’s assistant and three nurses, have resigned as a result. It was confirmed by the Talihina director, Myles Deering, that the maggots didn’t enter the wound after the patient died but rather were present while the patient was still alive. (The patient did not die from the maggots themselves.)
From the article:
“The 73-year-old veteran, Owen Reese Peterson, initially came to the medical center with an infection, but then ended up with sepsis, to which he later succumbed.
The Oklahoma VA has since reported the maggot incident to the Oklahoma State Department of Health and has sent over a report to the district attorney, which means charges may be forthcoming.”
Raymie Parker, Reese Peterson’s son, reported that his father was treated poorly while at the facility- in fact, staff seemed to completely ignore him- even though Parke tried his best to be an advocate for his care.
More from the article:
“During the 21 days I was there, … I pled with the medical staff, the senior medical staff, to increase his meds so his bandages could be changed,” Parker told Tulsa World. “I was met with a stonewall for much of that time.”
And yet, as far as Parker is concerned, the nurses were excellent. He placed the blame instead on senior medical staff and the bureaucracy.”
It is beyond shameful that these men and women are fighting to protect us and when they return home, they come back to disgusting conditions- IF they can even get into a facility at all. Something must be done. It’s long overdue.
Source: Daily Caller