Being told there was nothing wrong with him, he had to hobble back to his vehicle unassisted, and less than a week later underwent essentially EMERGENCY BACK SURGERY to attempt to repair a damaged vertebrae, ruptured disc at L-5 / S-1, and permanent nerve damage....


The surgeon told him that without question the back injury was a direct result of the improper application of spinal traction.

Since then, every step he takes, every day of his life is more painful than anyone should have to endure.


In the spring of 2007 the same patient was experiencing a series of severe back spasms... being sent to Physical therapy for treatment it was ordered for him to be placed on a traction table, with this hips padded to the left and his shoulders padded to the right, essentially placing him into a corkscrew position, the patient insisted that the therapist NOT turn the machine on due to improper positioning.. The therapist refused to listen and as soon as the switch was turned on the patient heard and felt his back SNAP and POP... he then yanked the safety switch off the machine.

Let's start on Christmas day 2005, when after a motor vehicle accident, the Manchester VA orthopeadic team told a patient there was nothing they would do for a totally shattered clavical (collar bone). The patient had to beg them for a sling to wear to relieve some of the pain.....

The patient chose to go for that outside evaluation in April of 2006 and upon first visit with a "private" doctor, the patient was immediately told that SURGERY SHOULD HAVE BEEN PERFORMED immediately after the accident, but now (more than three months after the crash) what was left of the 7 or 8 pieces of collar bone had begin to ROT inside the patient's body...

So at the cost of almost all the patient's savings, surgery was completed, a bone graft taken from his hip, and a metal plate implanted in his shoulder to hold everything together.....

As a lasting result of the spinal damage, that same patient lost substantial feeling in his right leg, and after several visits to Manchester primary care, was told he told he had sprained his right ankle. After several more visits, and extreme swelling and pain, to the point he could even wear normal dress shoes, the patient demanded that the primary care provider refer the patient to either local ortho or podiatry.



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After several months of follow up appointments, the use of the arm was diminishing, so the patient insisted that a second opinion was needed so Roxbury was the next stop... the answer from head of ortho there expounded on the initial refusal to treat by adding "NOBODY treats collar fractures anymore. It will heal by itself and be good as new in about TEN YEARS!!! "  By this time it was late spring and the arm was useless. When request was made for an OUTSIDE INDEPENDENT opinion, the Roxbury Dr responded "you are NOT getting an outside referral, and If you go outside the VA on your own, I will see to it that you lose any and all VA Medical benefits for jumping the chain of command and insubordination"

Within moments of meeting the podiatrist for the very first time, the patient was told he had been walking around with a ruptured Achilles tendon for more than a year. The Manchester podiatrist informed him he would have to go back to Boston for sugary...

and to make it short, there were TWO surgeries done, and in 2015 it was written by the HEAD OF HIGH RISK PODIATRY, that NEITHER of the previous Achilles surgeries were performed correctly, and that the patient was going to have to have A THIRD SURGERY to REPAIR THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE FIRST VA PODIATRY SURGEON.