Army Spends $207,000 to Jail Hasan – But Lightly Dismisses Serious Medical Issues

Army Spends $207,000 to Jail Hasan – But Lightly Dismisses Serious Medical Issues

After initial complaints were raised with Jail officials concerning the very troubling appearance of a bedsore very shortly after Major Hasan was moved from an Army hospital to the Bell County Jail, the Army dispatched a physician to the jail.  A photo of the sore was taken and presumably a report was made – but the doctor has not returned to the Jail.   So much for continuity of care.  And, although the unit commander made a perfunctory visit, he too has not been seen nor heard from. 

In addition to the bedsore, the Defense has repeatedly complained that Major Hasan is suffering from chills.  Efforts to get the temperatature increased in his jail infirmary room (as was done at BAMC) or to permit a space heater, as well as to secure another blanket – well, these efforts have thus far been unsuccessful. 

The health concerns are well-placed.  Spinal cord injury patients often have difficulty maintaining a stable core body temperature. They tend to take on the room temperature; if it is hot, they are hot, and conversely if it is cold, they will be cold. Patients commonly arrive at the acute care setting with hypothermia or hyperthermia, and must be managed by someone skilled in the rehabilitation of acute spinal cord injury.  The chills Major Hasan is experiencing may very well also reflect other internal medical problems.  It is sad that the US Army has seen fit to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for a round-the-clock guard to watch over an inmate who is virtually immobile, but seems to dismiss his valid health-related complaints.