Is this how we treat our veterans? No, it shouldn’t be anyway. People are outraged over these photos, as they should be. Are you?
Disturbing photos taken inside a Veterans Administration hospital have emerged on social media showing an elderly patient laying on the floor and another apparently doubled over with pain in a wheelchair.
The unsettling images were taken by former US Marine Stephen McMenamin and his wife, Hanna, and posted on Facebook.
The shocking images sparked fury online and triggered an internal investigation at the hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
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.
Mr McMenamin arrived at the hospital with his wife on Friday seeking treatment for severe lower back pain and claimed to have witnessed two veterans who were struggling in the waiting room.
The husband and wife said both older men were ignored for hours despite complaining of severe pain. They said one practically fell out of his wheelchair, and the other finally lay down on the floor after being denied a place to rest.
Jesse Lee, a Vietnam veteran, told WRAL-TV that he’s the man in the wheelchair seen in McMenamin’s photo. He said he went to the VA for severe phantom pains after a leg amputation.
‘Somebody in real bad pain should be seen,’ Lee said. ‘It felt like a railroad spike was going through my foot. It’s like one of the worst pains you’ve ever felt in your life.’