A paralyzed Arizona man has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the federal government over a botched VA-sponsored experimental treatment that entailed the placement of tiny wires in his legs to shock muscles in an attempt to enable him to walk. In 1983, Steve Winter, now 41, signed up for the experimental treatment in Cleveland. Dozens of electric wires were inserted into leg and hip muscles using a long hypodermic needle.
Initially, the results were positive. Winter, with the aide of a walker, was able to move his legs as electrical impulses shocked his muscles. But after about three years, the effects wore off and Winter quit the program. He was left with around 180 electrical wires, many corroded, in his legs. A number of wires began to break and entangle in tissue. Winter now suffers infections
and requires operations every few months. Making matters worse, physicians
do not believe the wires can be removed because of their thinness.
Winters has petitioned the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations to examine his claims as well as other accusations of medical misconduct involving experimental VA research on human subjects.
If you have suffered because of a VA-sponsored medical experiment, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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