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Houston Vet Discharged from VA Hospital, Unbeknownst to His Family

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 10:42 AM CDT

A Houston family says their elderly father was allowed to walk out of a VA hospital, alone, in the middle of the night, and they knew nothing about it. The mistake led to a frantic 18-hour search that fortunately ended Thursday evening.

Eighty-year-old Navy veteran Shedrick Morris was picked up at his home by ambulance for chest pain and taken to the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center Wednesday night. Hours later, Morris disappeared. "I’m beyond angry. There’s no reason for him to be discharged at two or three in the morning by himself," says Morris's granddaughter Cherry Jefferson. "He has an emergency contact on file, his address is on file, there’s no reason for this to have happened."

A police officer spotted Morris wandering off hospital property and brought him home. Morris doesn’t remember a thing. "I left the hospital…when did I leave the hospital?" he asks.

 Morris suffers from short-term memory loss, his son, Tommy Morris, says he only found out his dad had been discharged after calling the VA. "It’s sad, it’s a sad day we live in for all fighting men to get treated like this," says Tommy Morris.

A VA spokesperson says Morris was in the waiting room before leaving on his own. The hospital thought he had called for a ride. "Who lets an 80-year-old man arrive by ambulance, and leave your facility, even a bus doesn’t leave until five o'clock," says Morris's daughter Ellen Pree.

Pree believes the hospital needs to look into how this happened, so it never happens again. “I feel that’s negligence on the VA part. You have a lot of people there, they have fought, have gotten hurt, because trying to help us and they treat them all like transients," Pree says.

The hospital says it contacted police as soon as it learned about the concerns of Morris’ family. His family plans to file a complaint with internal affairs.

Houston Vet Discharged from VA Hospital, Unbeknownst to His Family


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