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Four resign from Oklahoma veterans center after patient found with maggots in wound

TALIHINA, Okla. – Four people have resigned after a patient at an Oklahoma veterans facility was found with maggots in his wound.

The Tulsa World reports that 73-year-old Owen Reese Peterson died on Oct. 3 at the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Talihina facility.

Agency director Myles Deering told the newspaper that Peterson came to the facility with an infection.

Before his death, officials with the department say maggots were found in his wound. However, they say they did not cause his death.

Instead, officials say Peterson died of sepsis, which was a complication of the infection.

A physician’s assistant and three nurses resigned as the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs began an investigation into Peterson’s treatment.

Spokesman Shane Faulkner says all four chose to resign rather than face the possibility of being fired.

The incident was reported to the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the district attorney for LeFlore and Latimer counties to determine if any charges should be filed.