Robert Morgan, the veteran who pleaded for quicker care and said he thought he had cancer during a town hall meeting at the Nashville VA hospital, has died from the disease.
“I’ll die, and the reason I’ll die is because I don’t receive timely care,” he said on Sept. 22, speaking to the hospital’s director.
Less than three months later, he died at his home in Goodlettsville on Dec. 2. He was diagnosed in October with pancreatic cancer that had metastasized.
Morgan, in an October interview with The Tennessean, said the cancer should have been diagnosed earlier because he had several risk factors — diabetes, exposure to Agent Orange and a flare-up of pancreatitis two years prior. The town hall hall meeting in September was called after a government audit revealed that the Nashville hospital had some of the longest wait times in the nation for patients to see specialists.