Oklahoma veteran dies with maggots crawling in wound; 4 resign from VA center

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TALAHINA, OK – Four staff members at an Oklahoma Veterans Center in the southeastern portion of the state resigned rather than facing the possibility of getting fired in the wake of a patient’s death, according to Tulsa World.

Vietnam veteran Owen Reese Peterson was being treated at a VA center in Talihina earlier this year. He came to the center with an infection, and staff discovered maggots in his wound. Peterson later died of sepsis.

A physician’s assistant, the director of nursing, and two other nurses resigned after an investigation was conducted into Peterson’s death.

“All four chose to resign before the termination process began,” Shane Faulkner, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, told the Tulsa World.

The incident was reported to the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the district attorney to see if any charges were warranted.

Peterson’s son, Raymie Parker, spoke with the Tulsa World, saying he was displeased with his father’s care. “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.”

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