Families filing suit against McGuire VA hospital speak out

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Three families that have filed suits against the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond are speaking out. The families all say they are heartbroken after what they call poor treatment at the VA.

“I was optimistic that you were appreciated,” said Michael Holmes, who underwent surgery after he was told there was blockage in his left carotid artery.

He was told he would only be in the VA hospital overnight but walked out 60 days later with a limp and a weak functioning arm. But that’s not all …

“A mind that uh, I have trouble pronouncing my words,” Holmes said.

Holmes says something went wrong in that surgery which he says his later research has shown him wasn’t even necessary to fix his blockage. His wife says this is not the same man who walked into the hospital a year and a half ago.

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“He’s a different man, he’s not the man I knew before,” Melissa Holmes said.

Holmes is seeking $2.5 million. Next to Delmon Clay, an army vet with traumatic brain injury from his service.

Next to Delmon Clay, an army vet with traumatic brain injury from his service.

Delmon Clay, an army vet with traumatic brain injury from his service, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at an outside hospital.

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“First thing I told my husband, I said ‘Don’t worry, the VA is going to help us.’ That’s exactly what I told my husband, ‘Don’t worry, the VA is going to help us, we’re going to get through this as a team,’ and this is what happened when we went to the VA.”

According to the lawsuit, The VA told Clay there was not much to be done. The clay’s said they sought outside medical advice and learned there were treatment options, but they perused them at their own expense and incurred extensive medical bills. This was 3 years ago now. He’s also seeking $2.5 million.

“He shouldn’t have died from this aspiration, this should not have happened.”

Finally, the daughter of Harold Cook, Jr., says her father died in 2014 at the VA after an undetected bowel obstruction.

According to the lawsuit, Cook mysteriously broke his femur while in the VA’s care and his daughter believes the narcotics he was given for pain control caused the bowel obstruction.

Cook died after aspirating on fecal material. The family is seeking $2 million.

The families also say they hope the lawsuits keep other families from going through what they had to go through.

8News reached out to the VA, but they declined to comment on the litigation. However, they did insist on a tour of the facility at a later date to showcase the care they provide.

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