[Ed. – Our men and women who serve deserve far better.]
A Vietnam veteran died when a nurse’s aide at a VA hospital in Massachusetts didn’t check up on him and instead played video games on her computer, the Boston Globe recently reported.
Vietnam veteran and retired police detective Bill Nutter was being cared for at the Bedford VA Medical Center after having recently lost his second leg due to diabetes. He suffered from arrhythmia, which could cause cardiac arrest at any given moment.
Nutter’s daughter, Brigitte Darton, went on a family vacation in July 2016, but the following day she received a phone call from her mother saying that her father had died.
A doctor at the VA Medical Center told the family that a staff member did not check on him hourly like they were supposed to.
The nurse’s aide responsible for checking on Nutter, Patricia Waible, admitted that she was playing video games as opposed to watching the veteran after initially saying she checked up on him once or twice an hour. Hospital cameras showed that she never left her computer to check up on him.
Another nurse who reportedly made a slit throat gesture the following morning announcing Nutter’s death was terminated.