CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) – A lawyer filed by the US Veterans Department with a representative representing a veteran estate of the US Army who died from low blood sugar and at VA Louis A. Johnson's Medical Center in Clarksburg Affairs, alleging that the veteran died as a result of homicide. The claim also alleges that nine or ten other patients died at VA under similar circumstances.
Tony Dell, an attorney with Tiano Dell in Charleston, made the claim filed this week on behalf of Melanie Proctor, daughter Ret. Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott and administrator of his estate.
The following information comes from the claim filed this week, and you can read it in full here.
McDermott, 82, of Ellenboro, was admitted to the VA on 6 April 2018 after developing pneumonia, and his condition improved. McDermott was not diagnosed with diabetes and he had no history of taking medication to treat diabetes. While staying at the VA, McDermott's blood glucose levels were monitored by daily finger testing. All levels were shown to be in the normal range. While staying at the VA, there were no doctor orders for McDermott to receive insulin.
On April 9, while still at the VA, McDermott developed an unexpected breath shortage. VA team found that McDermott's blood sugar level was very low, a condition called hypoglycemia. Medical efforts failed to raise their blood sugar levels, and McDermott died later that morning.
Only McDermott's family were told that he died, but their cause of death was not explained. His body was sent to a funeral house, and was planted on 13 April.
In October 2018, Proctor was contacted by inspectors with the General Inspector's VA Office who told her that there was evidence of her father's death and another nine or 10 Clarksburg VA patients as a result of injecting insulin. wrong in their abdomens, and her father is one of the most recent victims. At that time, McDermott's body was disinfected and was sent to Base Dover Air Force for autopsy.
The autopsy showed that McDermott was insulin in his left belly and that there were no hospital orders for the injection. After the automation and investigation, the Medical Examiner of the Armed Forces died of McDermott's murder. Investigators told McDermott's family that they are interested in multiple VA patient deaths.
The claim lists a series of ways in which the VA was negligent about McDermott's death: t
- Knowing that nine or ten other patients died under similar circumstances before McDermott was admitted, he and his family should have been informed so that they could make informed decisions about his care.
- Failure to adequately satisfy hospital staff
- Failure to investigate the causes of previous deaths
- Failure to resolve medication correctly
- Failure to train staff properly
The claim, which is the precursor for law, calls for $ 1 million for personal injury and $ 5 million for wrongful death, as well as funeral expenses and loss of income.
To date, no comments have been made to the views of the Louis A. Johnson Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs media center.
West Virginia State Senators issued statements of the situation.
“This report is extremely terrible and if it is accurate, I am very concerned that these crimes were committed only to our victims, who sacrificed much of our country. As a member of the Senate Affairs Committee, I will do everything in my power to investigate these allegations and we will do what happened. These families and families deserve answers as soon as possible and I will ensure that they receive them. ”
SRO. JOE MANCHIN-D
“This news is sick and worrying. My office has reached the VA to learn more details, and I will do all I can to ensure that this is fully investigated. ”
SRO. SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO-R
Congressman McKinley is aware of an ongoing investigation by Clarksburg at the Veterans Administrative Office of the Inspector General. We hope to get more answers on this case as this investigation proceeds
Amanda Hyman, Director of Communications for the United States, David McKinley-R
The investigation was opened in July 2018 after the leadership of the VA Clarksburg who informed investigators “low blood sugar low diagnosis in some patients,” said government sources.
McDermott retired from the US Army as a sergeant after 20 years of active duty, and spent some time in Vietnam. He retired in Pennsylvania National Guard after retiring.
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