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A government watchdog group is investigating a “person of interest” in the case of at least 10 patients — all of which died suddenly, and in a similar way — at the Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. From now on, at least one of these deaths has been referred to as a murder.
Felix, Kirk, McDermott, an 82-year-old Army veteran, who was suffering from dementia after having a stroke a few years earlier, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on April 9, 2018, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. In the last few years of his life had been spent struggling with heart disease, high blood pressure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Three days before his death, he was admitted to the hospital with a lung infection after he got his food caught in his lungs, but he turned out to be the rebounding, a daughter, Melanie Proctor, told USA Today.
It wasn’t until a few months later, when researchers with the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General to let her know that his death was marked by a series of suspicious circumstances, and that is to let them dig up his body.
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An autopsy revealed that McDermott had received a single dose of insulin in the abdomen, which can be a death sentence for someone who does not have diabetes to have. Hospital records do not indicate that the insulin had been ordered to McDermott; the shot that caused his blood sugar to take a fatal dive of the day.
“On the basis of the examination and the autopsy findings, the manner of death is homicide,” the medical examiner’s report said that, as USA Today reported.
The VA’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for further information about the study.
“The u.s. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IGO) has been working with our federal law enforcement partners to investigate the allegations of possible wrongdoing as a result of patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W. Va.,” the agency said in a statement on Tuesday. “At the moment we have no further comment on this area. As is always the case, I IGO is working with the department to identify and urgently address the accusations related to the security and safety of the patient. The health and safety of our veterans and their families remains our highest priority.”
The deaths are under investigation are all linked to a deadly dose of insulin is given to patients who are being treated for diabetes or high blood sugar levels.
S. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., in a meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, and the medical center’s director, Dr. Glen Snider on Monday to discuss the ongoing investigation.
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“I was assured by a Secretary of Wilkie and Dr. Snider, that the person of interest is no longer in contact with the veteran at the VA facility,” Manchin said in a statement.
“This crime shocks the conscience, and that I’m still shocked that they were not alone, but it is our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country, they were the victims. As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I will do everything in my power to investigate these allegations and get to the bottom of what happened. The families and loved ones deserve answers as quickly as possible, and I will make sure they get them.”