Finally, after months of battling Nye County Nevada and being aware of the failure of Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada to treat Pat Lamoureux in an appropriate and timely manner - the VA of Southern Nevada stepped up to the plate, and removed the bullet from Pat's leg on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010.
That would be the same bullet that had been in his leg since September 19, 2008; the same bullet that had been causing the gunshot wound to ooze since August of 2009.
This was NOT the responsibility of the VA; Nye County should have made certain that appropriate and timely medical care was rendered to Pat, but that did not happen. It is my understanding that this is not the first time that Nye County (i.e., the Sheriff and certain employees) have failed with regards to responsibilites to act in an appropriate manner concerning the care and supervision of those pre-trial detainees at the Nye County Detention Center.
The VA has certainly stepped up to the plate in providing care for Pat again; for that I am extremely thankful.
I am hopeful that the next step of the VA will be to begin to provide psychological care for Pat - in an APPROPRIATE manner. He has been without any counseling for the duration of this horrific tragedy. I can only wonder what impact this will have on him. He has deserved SO much BETTER treatment than he has received.
I do not count on Nye County acting in any reasonable manner. At least the bullet has been removed from Pat's leg; Nye County did not "win" in what appeared to be the apparent "hope" that perhaps Pat would lose his leg - and even perhaps, his life.
Thank you VA for taking care of Pat Lamoureux - when Nye County Nevada failed to do so. Pat Lamoureux is an honorable man and a Veteran. He deserves better treatment than what he has had to endure.
Perhaps in June 2010, Nye County will take steps to find a Sheriff that can perform the duties of the position he was elected to, while ensuring that the employees under his direct supervision, do the same.