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Veteran Dies, Maggots Found in Wound, 4 VA Employees Resign Immediately

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Veteran News
December 5, 2016
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It's a story that will make your stomach crawl and your blood boil. Four employees at the Talihina Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs have resigned after Owen Reese Peterson was found dead with maggots crawling in his wound.It was confirmed that the maggots were present in that wound before the death of the veteran, but that they were not the direct cause of his death. Talihina director Myles Deering stated that, “He did not succumb as a result of the parasites. He succumbed as a result of the sepsis.”[caption id="attachment_9110" align="aligncenter" width="300"]

Peterson died as a result of sepsis after coming to the VA with an infection. (Facebook)

Peterson died as a result of sepsis after coming to the VA with an infection. (Facebook)[/caption]Peterson had originally come to the VA with an infection, but later developed sepsis and died as a result. The four employees that have resigned are a physician's assistant and three nurses.Raymie Parker, Peterson's son, is distraught over the treatment his father received while he was in the VA. “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. I was met with a stonewall for much of that time,” he said.He also doesn't blame the nurses, but the senior medical staff, for his father's death.Myles Deering previously received a controversial raise from the Oklahoma Veterans Commission, amounting to an additional $15,000 a year, in late November. The raise was granted in spite of the closure of another veterans facility and an already tight state budget.

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