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Nashville VA Sets Up ‘Care Team’ To Help Veteran

Nashville VA Sets Up ‘Care Team’ To Help Veteran

CREATED Jul 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The VA Hospital in Nashville has set up a care team to help a veteran who has not been able to eat solid food for years after a botched surgery to lower his blood pressure.

Frank Coursey, a 49-year-old veteran living in Bowling Green, has not been able to eat solid foods for three years. He said it's because of complications from stomach surgery that many civilian doctors said never should have been performed.

Coursey said he got the surgery in 2011 through the VA as a way to lower his blood pressure. At the time, he weighed nearly 290 pounds. Now at 140 pounds, he has serious health problems, as complications from the surgery continue to pile up.

The Nashville VA has set up a care team for Coursey to hopefully streamline his care. 

Coursey said he was asked to turn over all of his unpaid medical bills and has been scheduled to undergo a corrective stomach surgery in August.

While Coursey is thankful, he said VA Officials weren't able to answer many of his questions. He said he won't have another meeting for two to three months.

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