Much has been written about the problems in our VA hospitals, but my recent experience at Dorn VA hospital could not have been more positive.
My son Steven was taken by ambulance to Dorn VA on Dec. 11, after being found unresponsive at home. He wasn’t a veteran and the usual procedure would be to stabilize him and then transfer him to a local hospital. Because he was too critical this was not possible and he remained in the ICU at Dorn VA until his death on Dec. 15.
I could not have asked for better medical or more compassionate care than that provided to my son, me or my family.
All those involved went above and beyond to provide us with the emotional support so important to us as we made the most difficult decision to remove my son from life support. I cannot express enough praise for the nurses, doctors, chaplain and priest who supported us during this most difficult time, some shedding tears as they shared in our grief. And one special nurse, Chris, did not leave my side at all on that last day, and for that I shall be eternally grateful.