Utah Staff Sergeant Brain Dead After Supposed Negligence

Utah Staff Sergeant Brain Dead After Supposed Negligence


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Jill Atwood ReportingA young military wife in Utah has made a tough decision tonight, whether or not to take her husband off life-support. And her decision is made tougher because the hospital caring for her husband is the same one she says put him in a vegetative state.

Staff Seargent Dean Witt went to the emergency room at a military hospital in California. He was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and taken into surgery. His wife claims the surgery went fine; it's the blatant negligence afterwards that has virtually left him brain dead.

Two-month old Noah Witt will someday ask his mom what happened to his father. The explanation wont be easy.

Alexis Witt: "The nurse left him unattended. She left him with a student and two resident doctors and she was supposed to stay with him."

On October tenth 25-year old Dean Witt had his appendix removed at David Grant Medical Center located on Travis Air Force Base. The operation went just fine, but it was afterwards when his breathing tube was removed that the problems began. For some reason his throat swelled and he couldn't breath.

We should point out that Dean Witt was in the process of transferring from Hill AFB to Travis AFB to be a recruiter when this all happened. We were able to get in touch with someone from the California Base today for comment; their response was no comment.

Again, Witt is hoping to take her husband off life support and bring him home. There should be some sort of decision in the coming days.

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