A Kentucky man whose job as a nurse was to take care of sick and injured patients in Kentucky’s coal mines has died, his family says.
The man, 43, had a medical condition that made him vulnerable to infection and a stroke, and he also suffered from depression, his father said in a statement Monday.
Kentucky’s Bureau of Health Services confirmed that Daniel S. O’Connor, who worked for Kentucky Power & Gas Co., died Monday in an isolated hospital room in the Kentucky Medical Center.
O’Connor’s brother, Tom, said in an interview Monday that the family had lost faith in health care in the state.
He said they felt that they were being treated as if we were criminals and criminals’ were not treated as criminals, and that was not the case.
He added that they had been asking him for help for a long time.
Oddly enough, the family said, there was no indication that any medical problems were the cause of his death.
O ‘Connor’s sister, Ann O’ Connor, said she did not believe the coroner or other medical personnel knew the man’s medical condition or the severity of his illness.
The family had hoped to see the death in a coroner’s report, she said.