Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

North Carolina Veterans Affairs Hospital Under Fire for Patient Mistreatment

North Carolina Veterans Affairs Hospital Under Fire for Patient Mistreatment

Later identified as being Jesse Lee, the man had to wait several hours for a consultation, even though he was in extreme pain. "He was getting pretty desperate", McMenamin said.

When a North Carolina couple saw what was happening at their local Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, they couldn't believe their eyes and immediately pulled out their phones and snapped a few pictures for evidence (photos below).

"It felt like a railroad spike was going through my foot", Lee said.

Heartbreaking photos of elderly veterans seemingly neglected and one lying on the floor of a Veterans Administration hospital have fueled outrage on social media.

After he, too, was made to wait, the man couldn't stand his pains anymore and simply laid on the floor asking for a blanket.

The head of the medical center says an employee involved in Friday's incident has been removed from patient care pending the results of the internal review.

Instead, Lee had to wait for hours.

McMenamin updated the post Tuesday and explained the VA had contacted her and asked that the photos be taken down and also expressed its displeasure that the pictures were even posted.

They said both older men were ignored for hours despite complaining of severe pain.

'The man bent over grabbing the chair, was yelling in pain and was borderline convulsing and nearly falling out of his chair he was in so much pain, ' she wrote.

Stephen McMenamin then offered the ailing senior citizen his reclining chair, but 15 minutes later, the nurse ordered him to get up at once, despite his protestations that he could not sit up, Hanna's post stated. McMenamin also faces such type of condition in which the authority people ask him to wait for long. "She completely disregarded him and demanded he go sit in the waiting room area, leaving the recliner completely empty".

"Eventually the man laid down on the floor and they went in there and picked him up and set him back in the chair", Lee told HuffPost.

Stephen McMenamin, Marine veteran, and his wife, Hanna, moved from their home in Milwaukee to Raleigh only four months ago.

The man in the wheelchair on the left, were waiting in that waiting room at least 3 hours.

Seekins, in a statement, thanked the McMenamins for their posts, and said actions that amounted to disrespect would not be tolerated.

McMenamin told WSB-TV that his wife found the scene "upsetting", so she took pictures and posted them to Facebook. 'We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care to the Veterans we serve and being responsive to our patient's needs. As the couple was waiting patiently for their turn, they noticed an elderly veteran in a wheelchair in need of immediate attention and visibly in pain.

Trump has repeatedly vowed to overhaul the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs and ensure that our courageous men and women in uniform are given the respect and care they deserve.

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