Vietnam Veteran Dies at VA Facility with Maggots in His Wound

Four employees at the Talihina Veterans Center, in Talihina, OK, have resigned after a patient at the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs facility died while under their medical care.

Vietnam Veteran, Owen Reese Peterson, 73, sought treatment at the facility for an infection. Three weeks later, he died of sepsis and had a wound infested with maggots. The timeline between when the maggots were discovered and Peterson’s death are not clear.

Sepsis is a complication associated with infection. It can be deadly if untreated, causing organ damage and ultimately organ failure.

Following Peterson’s death, staff members at the VA medical facility filed an incident report with the Oklahoma State Health Department, which was received on October 16, 2016. After the incident report was filed, a physician’s assistant and three nurses, including the director of nursing, resigned from their positions, before facing a termination process.

According to Executive Director of Talihina Veterans Center, Myles Deering, the facility also submitted a report to the district attorney to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

The Talihina Veterans Center has a capacity of 175 patients. According to Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, chairman of the Oklahoma Senate Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, the patient population at Talihina Veterans Center had to be reduced due to the inability to meet the required staffing levels of the 100 year old facility.

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