According to CBS 11 / TXA 21;
Last week, 20-year-old Colton Read, who grew up in Arlington and who’s now in the U. S. Air Force, went to have laparoscopic surgery to remove his gall-bladder at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento.
She says his Air Force general surgeon mistakenly cut her husband’s aortic valve, but waited hours to transport him to a state hospital which has a vascular surgeon. “It took them until 5:30 to get him to UC Davis.. I don’t understand.”
Because Read lost so much blood during that time, doctors had to amputate both legs. His mother sobbed, “I watched him take his first steps, and now his legs are gone.”
Not only does Colton still have his gall bladder – doctors can’t remove his gall bladder for fear of infection – the family cannot sue the military because of federal law Feres Doctrine.
But, we’re going to take care of our soldier now that we’ve cut off both his legs – right?
For now, Read’s wife says the military may place him on medical retirement… In which he’ll likely receive less than half his $1600 monthly salary. “I can’t understand why they won’t help him when they did this to him.”
They deserve better.