Death And Maggots At The Oklahoma VA [VIDEO]

Death And Maggots At The Oklahoma VA [VIDEO]

An Army veteran has died in appalling circumstances at the Talihina Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs center.

Owen Reese Peterson was a 73 year old Vietnam veteran who came into the VA center with an infection. He never left.

Owen Peterson died at the Talihina Oklahoma VA in October
Owen Peterson died at the Talihina Oklahoma VA in October
His son recounted what happened before his father’s death on October 3rd.

Peterson’s son, Raymie Parker, described his frustration with how poorly his father was treated while at the facility, even though he tried his best to be an advocate for his care.

Staff seemed to completely ignore him.

“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.

And under those bandages, in Peterson’s wound? MAGGOTS.

Executive Director Myles Deering said the maggots were discovered while the patient was alive but were not the cause of his death. He said the man came into the center with an infection.
“He did not succumb as a result of the parasites,” Deering said Tuesday. “He succumbed as a result of the sepsis.”

Oh, well, that makes everything better, does it? NO.

Four people have resigned (though one just got rehired and moved to the Lawton VA – surprise!), charges may still be filed, but Executive Director Deering got a raise just last month! The raise upset people because the Oklahoma VA has been cutting services – and this was before the story of Owen Peterson was made public.

Is this really the best we can do for our veterans? Nothing has changed for the VA. Here’s hoping a new administration cleans house in a YUGE way.

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3 Comments
  • VALman says:

    Simply inexcusable, medical malpractice, and criminal.

    Now beyond the cares, tribulations, and sufferings of this life, we pray that Owen Peterson is now in the perfect, loving care of Almighty God. And, we pray for the Lord’s comfort and consolation for Owen Peterson’s family, relatives, and friends.

  • OC says:

    Deanna, this was from a commenter on TAH -“That is not a Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, it is an Oklahoma State run Veterans Hospital.
    Just to clarify.”
    For what it’s worth.
    No matter the facility, I agree with VALman.

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