The Daily Caller says that a physician’s assistant and three nurses at the Talihina Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) center have resigned after a patient was found with maggots in his wound shortly before he died.
Talihina director Myles Deering, who recently received a $15,000 raise, confirmed the maggots didn’t enter the wound after the patient died on Oct. 3, but rather were present while the patient was still alive. The patient, he said, did not die from the maggots.
“He did not succumb as a result of the parasites,” Deering said, Tulsa World reports. “He succumbed as a result of the sepsis.”
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.
Peterson’s son, Raymie Parker said he tried to advocate for his father and get them to up his medication so they could change his bandages. He felt they ignored 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.”
His concerns centered around the senior medical staff and the bureaucracy, not the nurses who he believed were excellent.
In late November, Deering was given a raise by the Oklahoma Veterans Commission, which is responsible for overseeing the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. It was controversial but not because of the maggots scandal, because of the fact that money is tight.
This was also reported by Tulsa World