In a shocking act of abuse and neglect, a disturbing photo has come to light of an elderly veteran at a VA facility in Durham, North Carolina, where he was waiting for hours to be seen by a doctor. He was overwhelmed with pain and then had to resort to lying down on the floor in order to try and find some comfort for himself. A witness in the waiting room captured this picture and posted it to her facebook page with the comment that a nurse was yelling at the poor old man to get off of the floor.
From Free Beacon:
An elderly veteran lay on the floor in pain and resorted to using his bag of medication as a pillow while waiting at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Durham, North Carolina on Friday. “My wife found it upsetting, so she took a couple pictures,” McMenamin told the news station, describing how he witnessed another veteran on the ground using his bag of medication for a pillow after being denied a reclining chair. The elderly patient told the nurse that he could not get off the floor, according to McMenamin. “The nurse started yelling at him, telling him he can’t do that. He’s like, ‘I can’t get up and I won’t get up. I will be here until you can see me. Can I please have a blanket?’” he said. McMenamin’s wife Hannah described in her Facebook post that multiple other veterans in wheelchairs had to wait hours to get care.