SUNBURY — Misdiagnoses, frequent delays in treatment, incompetence, and lack of communication between patient and doctors at three Veterans Administration hospitals in three states, almost led to the death of Sunbury resident Jeff Anselmo, 63, a Vietnam veteran with a heart condition, family members said.
And now his daughter Mikki Anselmo, 33, herself an Air National Guard and Army veteran, who lived through eight months of watching her father suffer, is determined to go public with her story in the hopes that "the horrible health care her father endured never happens again to another veteran."
She is determined, with the help of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, U.S. Representatives Tom Marino, R-10, Cogan Station, Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, and Pennsylvania Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-108, Sunbury, to testify before Congress on the problems at the V.A. that nearly killed her Dad.
Anselmo was living in retirement in Winter Haven, Fla. last November when he began to feel ill.
"He went to the closest V.A. hospital, in Tampa, where the initial diagnosis was of a blood clot," she said. "We now know it was an infection, which, had they dealt with it then and there, we wouldn’t have had issues. That, more than anything is why we are upset."
What followed was a nightmare, Mikki said, that only ended when she pulled her father out of a New York V.A. hospital and drove him…