A Marine veteran contracted Legionnaires’ disease while receiving treatment for lung cancer at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Hospital. Brant James Evans, 58, eventually died on Jan. 30, 2013, and now his widow, Cheryl Anne Evans, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Pittsburgh VA.
Mr. Evans was receiving chemotherapy and radiation for his lung cancer in the summer of 2011. He was admitted to the Pittsburgh VA on Sept. 26, 2011 and was later diagnosed as having Legionnaires disease.
Mr. Evans recovered from the pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, but according to the lawsuit, the illness complicated his struggle with lung cancer.
So far, the VA has settled at least five claims by veterans or survivors regarding the outbreak that occurred between February 2011 and November 2012.
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