Authorities are investigating the deaths of 10 patients – including one who was considered a homicide – in a veteran hospital in West Virginia.
One of those patients was 82-year-old Felix & # 39; Kirk & # 39; McDermott, an army veteran who died in April 2018 at the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
A medical examiner performed an autopsy and found that the cause of McDermott's death was an injection of insulin into his abdomen, which could kill someone who has no diabetes, reported TODAY USA.
In fact, all ten patients received large and illegal injections of insulin.
Researchers say they are an & # 39; stakeholder & # 39; have been identified, but it is not clear whether that person is or was a hospital worker.
Authorities are investigating the deaths of 10 patients – including one who was considered a homicide – in a veteran hospital in West Virginia (photo)
TODAY the US reported that according to McDermott & # 39; s medical data he had no history of diabetes.
According to the autopsy report, his blood sugar level fell dangerously low and he died a few hours later.
The medical investigator ruled that his death was a & # 39; murder & # 39; used to be.
McDermott & # 39; s daughter, Melanie Proctor, told the US TODAY that her father had several health problems, including dementia, heart disease, hypertension, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
He was hospitalized with pneumonia three days before he died after accidentally sucking food into his lungs.
After his death, Proctor said that hospital staff looked like his death was related to his health problems.
She only found out that his death might not have been caused by natural causes after FBI agents visited her home to discuss her father's death.
She gave the Office of Inspector General of Veterans Affairs permission to take up his body in October 2018, the US reported TODAY.
Then an autopsy found an injection site for insulin on the left side of McDermott.
If a non-diabetes receives an insulin injection, the excess insulin can cause the body to absorb too much sugar from the body, leading to dangerously low blood sugar levels that cause death.
& # 39; It just isn't right. I thought my father was safe there, & # 39; Proctor told the US TODAY. & # 39; I expected him to be taken care of, especially someone with dementia who cannot speak for himself. & # 39;
Law firm Tiano O & Dell, representing Proctor, filed an administrative unlawful death claim with the US Department of Veterans Affairs last week.
According to the claim, nine or ten patients died due to an inexplicable severe low blood sugar level. after a large injection of insulin into the abdomen that was not prescribed by a doctor or medically necessary & # 39 ;.
The claim, which is a notice period of six months of an upcoming lawsuit, claims damages from $ 1 million for personal injury and $ 5 million for wrongful death.
The law firm did not immediately return the request for comment from DailyMail.com.
The news reached the office of American Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, who said he spoke with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie and the director of the VA hospital, Dr. Glenn Snider.
& # 39; I was … by both Secretary Wilkie and Dr. Snider assures that the stakeholder is no longer in contact with veterans in the VA facility, & # 39; Manchin said in a statement on Monday.
& # 39; These crimes shock the conscience and I am still shocked that they were not only committed, but that our veterans, who have sacrificed so much for our country, were the victims.
Proctor told the US TODAY that her father lived in the VA nursing home on the VA Medical Center campus before being admitted to the hospital.
After 20 years of service, McDermott retired as a sergeant major, part of which was spent in Vietnam. After his retirement, he served with the National Guard of Pennsylvania.
He loved eating chocolate and was described as a & # 39; bad sense of humor & # 39 ;.
Proctor said she hopes the trial will lead to large-scale reform of veteran affairs.
& # 39; I don't know what happened to activate this chain, so I can't even say what needs to be improved on this point & # 39 ;, she told the newspaper. & # 39; (But) it should not happen to other families. & # 39;
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