ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CBS Las Vegas) — A Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq claims VA doctors left medical devices in his body following surgery.
Sean Hudson tells KRQE-TV that doctors at Albuquerque VA Hospital left a small silicon disc and a screw floating in his shoulder.
“It’s basically ruined my life,” Hudson told KRQE.
Hudson stated that he suffered the shoulder injury while still in the military and had the surgery in May 2013.
In cellphone video that Hudson recorded while talking with his doctor, the vet asked why the surgery was botched.
“Shouldn’t it have been screwed into the bone?” Hudson asked the doctor in video obtained by KRQE.
“Yes, but it wasn’t,” the doctor responded. “It wasn’t into the bone like we had wished.”
Hudson said that the VA canceled an appointment he was supposed to have in Boston a day before he was supposed to travel.
Hudson has since filed a lawsuit.
“For Sean to have to go through over a year of problems arising from medical devices left in his shoulder, not even from the wounds he initially had, but from what we contend to be the malpractice arising at the VA is just unacceptable,” David Standridge, Hudson’s attorney, told KRQE.
Hudson states he is facing jail time because he is unable to pay child support.
“I’m facing jail time because I can’t afford to pay child support anymore, I have no income,” Hudson told KRQE. “I want my life back.”
Hudson also says that the VA has failed to address the PTSD he is suffering.
The VA did not comment to KRQE about the report.