Veteran of Twenty Years Searching for Answers from Fayetteville VA

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A Northwest Arkansas Veteran is concerned after several patients just like him were possibly misdiagnosed by an impaired doctor working at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks.

Steve Isaacson served in the military for 20 years, and that includes time he spent fighting for our country in Vietnam. But recently, and in Arkansas, he has a new battle to take on.

Isaacson recalls receiving a letter from the Veteran’s Hospital in Fayetteville, “I shook my head and then had to read it again. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I was angry then, and I’m angry now.”

That letter informed him that he had been treated by a pathologist that had been deemed “impaired,” a statement from the VA that we first reported in late June.

Isaacson is a disabled veteran, and has relied on the VA center for decades. He says that he never saw any signs that would lead to this type of problem.

He continued, “They say, ‘Oh, you’re not diabetic. Your liver is okay. This is okay. That is okay.’ According to this, maybe they weren’t okay.” He adds that he and other veterans are demanding answers.

The hospital has confirmed seven people so far have been misdiagnosed and one patient may have died as a result.

When asked what if the worst were to happen to him, Isaacson replied, “If I were to die tomorrow. I would say ‘I may be dead, but I am going to haunt you.'”

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