A government supervisor examines a "person of interest" in cases of at least 10 patients – all of whom died suddenly and similarly – at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. So far, at least one of these deaths has been described as murder.
Felix Kirk McDermott, an 82-year veteran of the Army, who suffered from dementia a few years ago after a stroke, suddenly died on April 9, 2018 at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. In the last years of his life he fought against heart disease, hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Three days before his death, he was hospitalized with pneumonia after he caught food in the lungs, but he seemed to be recovering, daughter Melanie Proctor told USA Today.
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"Based on the investigation and autopsy findings, the cause of death is murder," the report said, as USA Today reported.
The VA's office did not respond to Fox News request for additional information about the investigation.
"The Veterans Department's (VA) General Inspectorate has worked with our federal prosecution partners to investigate allegations of potential violations. This has resulted in patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia," it said a statement on Tuesday. "At this point in time, we can not comment on these activities, and as always, VA OIG works with the department to identify and promptly resolve patient safety allegations, and the care and safety of our veterans and their families remains our top priority . " Priority.
The deaths studied all appear to be due to lethal doses of insulin administered to patients who are not being treated for diabetes or blood sugar.
Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., met on Monday to meet veterans minister Robert Wilkie and director of the medical center, Dr. Glenn Snider, to discuss the ongoing investigation.
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"Both Secretary Wilkie and Dr. Sniders have assured me that the person in question no longer has contact with veterans at the VA facility, "Manchin said in a statement.
" These crimes shock conscience and I'm still appalled that they were not just committed but that our veterans who sacrificed so much for our country 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 the events. These families and relatives are earning replies as soon as possible, and I will make sure that they receive them. "