#information Navy SEALs ‘Hell Week’ autopsy reveals cause of death of Manalapan man four months later #WorldNews
The army autopsy of Navy SEAL candidate Kyle Mullen, a Manalapan resident who died hours after completing the grueling portion of SEAL training known as “Hell Week” in early February, revealed the cause of death as pneumonia and indicated that the 24-year-old went untreated till it was too late.
Regina Mullen, Kyle’s mom, obtained the report final week and shared its contents with the Asbury Park Press.
Written by U.S. Army Regional Medical Examiner Wendy Warren and dated May 2, the report painted a grim image of Mullen’s ultimate moments.
“This sailor had completed Hell Week and was being looked after by nonmedical personnel to help him tend to his basic needs,” it reads. “He was in a wheelchair most of the time, unable to stand and walk on his own. He had reportedly been coughing/spitting up red-tinged fluid which had nearly filled a 36 oz. sports drink bottle.
‘I need to go to the hospital’: Ex-SEAL candidate describes own Hell Week in wake of Kyle Mullen’s death
“One of the other SEAL candidates had requested medical attention due to feeling like he couldn’t breathe. As emergency personnel were summoned for that sailor, the decedent (Mullen) became unresponsive. When the ambulance crew arrived, they shifted their attention to Seaman Mullen and transported him to the hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.”
The report names the official cause of death as “acute pneumonia due to Streptococcus pyogenes.” Streptococcus pyogenes is a Group A strep micro organism, which the report says “is capable of causing multiorgan failure and cardiovascular collapse via toxic shock.”
The accompanying toxicology report got here again unfavourable for medicine.
The report corroborates what Regina Mullen has been saying for months: that regardless of affected by a dire respiratory sickness, Kyle was not being overseen or handled by medical personnel. She stated she additionally had commissioned a personal autopsy that yielded the identical conclusion because the army one.
Regina Mullen is nurse, and he or she has been outspoken that Kyle, who starred in soccer and basketball at Manalapan High School and later performed soccer at Yale and Monmouth universities, would have survived if he obtained immediate medical consideration upon the completion of Hell Week.
“I want the public to know what happened,” Regina Mullen stated. “This wasn’t right.”
A separate investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service into why Mullen went untreated till it was too late stays ongoing.
Regina Mullen desires to see the Hell Week course of reformed so SEAL candidates are overseen and handled by medical personnel instantly after finishing or withdrawing from the coaching.
Although Kyle Mullen was pronounced useless at Sharp Coronado Hospital in San Diego, Regina Mullen stated “he died in the arms of a 19-year-old, non-medical sailor” within the Navy barracks.
U.S. Rep. Andy Kim, whose 3rd District has been redrawn to include Manalapan starting next year, wrote a letter April 14 to Sean O’Donnell, performing inspector common of the Department of Defense, searching for a separate investigation. Regina Mullen stated Kim was advised that received’t be potential till the NCIS investigation is full.
Regina Mullen additionally requested Kim to look into why her son was taken to a public hospital whereas the opposite SEAL in misery was referred to army medical personnel.
“The curtain needs to be pulled back on this whole thing,” she stated. “I am not letting this go. It’s disgusting.”
Along with the autopsy report, Regina Mullen additionally obtained a condolence card from President Joe Biden.
“Four-and-a-half months later and it’s finally acknowledged by the president,” she stated. “That’s a disgrace.”
Jerry Carino is group columnist for the Asbury Park Press, specializing in the Jersey Shore’s attention-grabbing folks, inspiring tales and urgent points. Contact him at [email protected]
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