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Bedford Nurse's Negligence To Blame For Losing Vietnam War Veteran

Bill Nutter, a former detective and veteran of the Vietnam War, has died in hospital due to the negligence of nursing staff. At the same time that Mr. Nutter was going into cardiac arrest, the nurse charged with overseeing his condition was playing video games in another ward.

The veteran passed away while being cared for at a medical center in Bedford, Virginia,

When Carol Nutter, Mr. Nutter’s wife, found out about her partner’s death, she was shocked but grateful towards hospital staff for their care. The initial explanation she received from the medical staff was that her husband’s heart had stopped in the middle of the night and, despite the best efforts of nurses and doctors, he had passed away in the early morning.

However, the carefully worded story quickly fell apart when another doctor at the hospital told Mrs. Nutter that her husband’s death could have been prevented were it not for the failure of hospital staff.

In a subsequent interview with the Boston Globe, an outraged Mrs. Nutter revealed that, on the night Bill Nutter died, his nurse aide was playing video games instead of monitoring the condition of the patients under her care.

An anonymous source connected to the hospital confirmed this account to the Boston Globe, asserting that the nurse in question, Patricia Waible, regularly took breaks to play video games while on shift.

The Boston Globe report also revealed a number of disturbing details about the conduct of nurses in the Bedford Medical Center. “And when a nurse discovered Nutter dead the next morning, the hospital's internal report shows she announced it to her boss with a crude gesture signifying a slit throat,” declared the Globe.

Since the Boston Globe report was published, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Inspector General has launched a federal investigation into the medical center and the system it operates in. In conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the investigation will determine who or what was responsible for Mr. Nutter’s death.

During his time as a door gunner in the Vietnam War, Mr. Nutter was exposed to the notorious wartime defoliant Agent Orange. While he was still alive, the former veteran expressed his belief that this exposure was the cause of a “battery of health problems later in life.”

When administrators at the Bedford Medical Center found out about Ms. Waible’s negligence, she was initially placed on probation and asked to work in the cafeteria. However, subsequent reports from the Boston Globe alleged that the inattentive nurse’s employment has since been terminated.

Ms. Waible was fired after her manager discovered that she had lied on the timestamp paperwork that ward nurses have to sign each time they check on patients.

Unsurprisingly, the incident has prompted outrage in the local and political community.

“This is a disgrace,” tweeted Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Mass) agreed with his colleague in the Senate, writing: “This is unbelievable,” he said to the Boston Globe. “And yet not entirely so unbelievable given some of the things I've seen myself at the VA.”

Source: Daily Mail
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