This past Friday, a 60-year-old Navy vet was awarded $21 million in damages for medical malpractice against a Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester. Simply put, the maltreatment in the form of improper medication left the man a prisoner in his own body. He now lives with “locked-in syndrome,” which means that although he is fully conscious, he has no voluntary muscle movement other than the very limited ability to move his eyes and his head.
Even after two strokes several months ago, a U.S. District Court Judge says his condition could have been avoided if doctors at the Manchester VA had properly treated him. They did not properly medicate him and instead left him to deteriorate, leading to his horrible condition. The man sought treatment at the Manchester VA prior to his diagnosis, after experiencing a loss of peripheral vision and a severe headache. After a series of tests, doctors determined that he had suffered a stroke.