A Veterans Affairs hospital in Kentucky pronounced a veteran dead last week, though he was still living.
Lexington VA Hospital staff reportedly told Jennifer Dunn that her 46-year-old husband Danny Dunn had no pulse and gave her a time of death after he was found unconscious by his wife on Thursday morning in their home, according to the Daily Mail.
Dunn said that she went into her husband’s hospital room after hearing from doctors, but discovered that he still had a heart rate and was clearly living.
At the VA hospital, Dunn said she asked doctors if they were sure that her husband was dead.
“I said, ‘Are ya'll sure he's gone?’ and they said, ‘There's no pulse, ma'am, he's gone,’” Dunn told LEX18.
Dunn then made the decision to take her husband off of life support. Still, she was surprised to see that her husband started to grow stronger.
“He squeezed my hand when I asked him to,” she said. “He opened his eyes when I asked him to. And he grabbed my hand.”
In response to the allegations, the VA hospital released a statement.
“Veterans can have confidence that our staff of dedicated and professional providers is committed to working with them and their families to honor their wishes and support their needs,” it said.
The Dunn family plans to transfer Danny Dunn to a new hospital for treatment because of their bad experience.
“They said his soul was gone and that he wasn't living (any) more,” Tyler Dunn, Danny Dunn’s son, said. “That he was gone long before we got him there... I mean we're just looking for answers and they won't give us any.”