4 quit after Okla. veteran with maggots in wound dies

TALAHINA, Okla. — Four staff members have resigned from a southeastern Oklahoma veterans facility rather than face the possibility of getting fired, after a resident was found to have maggots in a wound.

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs executive director Myles Deering said the maggots were discovered while the patient was alive at the facility in Talahina, about 130 miles southeast of Tulsa.

Deering said the veteran came to the center with an infection and died of sepsis, the Tulsa World reported.

The agency said a physician’s assistant and three nurses, including the director of nursing, resigned after an investigation was conducted.