Albuquerque veteran says the VA hospital ruined his life

Created: 07/03/2014 9:23 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The VA has been rocked by claims that veterans were made to suffer instead of getting timely treatment. Now, KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned the first lawsuit is looming over the Albuquerque VA from a veteran who says he underwent botched surgeries. 

Sean Hudson is a Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He injured his shoulder in Okinawa in 2006 and has been in pain ever since.   

In 2013, Hudson underwent his first surgery at the Albuquerque VA Hospital. He says months later, doctors discovered they left a piece of plastic inside of him. When they went to remove that, the surgeon put a screw in his shoulder to reattach his bicep. But Hudson says they left a surgical screw inside him on the second surgery.    

Hudson says the surgeon explained what happened and why they didn't remove the floating screw.    

"The first screw slipped off of our equipment and there was a lot of swelling in there so we left it and got another one. I was like, dumb founded. I was like, 'You knew this was in there and you didn't go back to get it?'" he said.

He says the floating screw has torn his rotator cuff as it traveled through his muscle. Now, his attorney has filed a tort claim with the Albuquerque VA and they are waiting for a response.   

Meanwhile, Hudson's surgery consult at the VA Hospital in Boston has been delayed. In fact, he says he's been kept waiting nine or 10 months for every appointment or surgery at the VA.

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