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Mother calls for change after son dies

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — An Military Veteran died from a treatable sickness after household says he waited seven hours for an ICU mattress to change into obtainable.

Daniel Wilkinson, also called Danny, had two deployments in Afghanistan and returned house as a Purple Coronary heart recipient. His mom, Michelle Puget, stated they moved to Bellville about three years in the past with a view to get pleasure from a quiet life collectively.

“He simply [has] an enormous coronary heart, an enormous persona and an enormous soul,” Puget stated. “In 2019, I got here down with breast most cancers and he took care of me two years by way of that. He took me to all my chemos, to my surgical procedure. [He] took care of me, stored observe of my physician’s appointment, all the things. I imply he was simply that kind of a son.”

Puget stated final Saturday, Wilkinson turned very unwell. She took him to an emergency room simply three homes down from their house the place he was recognized with gallstone pancreatitis. Docs stated he wanted remedy instantly.

“[The doctor] stated, ‘We all know what we have to do, and easy methods to do it. We simply need to get him to a facility to get it accomplished,’ and so they could not try this,” Puget stated.

Puget stated the workers known as hospitals throughout Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. As a result of COVID-19 surge dominated by the delta variant and overwhelmed hospitals, there have been no ICU beds obtainable for Wilkinson, who was a non-COVID affected person.

After seven hours of ready, the VA Hospital in Houston stated they may deal with Wilkinson, however by the point he was airlifted, his mom stated his situation was too unstable and the physician could not carry out the surgical procedure that might’ve prevented his loss of life.

“It is one thing that no person ought to need to expertise and I am simply praying that some good will come from it, as a result of each minute that he was denied an ICU mattress, he was dying,” she stated. “Each minute counted.”

Puget stated she needs change in Texas hospitals. She stated the state’s well being care system is in want of extra nursing workers, tents for overflow sufferers and extra assets so all sufferers can get the care and remedy they want.

“The physician stated, ‘I am scared one other one goes to come back in, and the identical kind of scenario goes to occur,'” she stated. “All people ought to have the ability to get assist in the event that they want it. That is my want. My want is that his story would possibly save any person else’s life.”

For extra on the rising variety of COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations, observe Roxie Bustamante on Twitter, Fb and Instagram

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