TAMPA — A severely brain-damaged veteran who was secretly videotaped with a camera disguised as a smoke alarm at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center died Monday, according to his family.
Air Force veteran Joseph Carnegie died of natural causes in the Atlanta area. He was 82.
The smoke-detector camera was installed in Carnegie's Haley room in June 2012, the family said, after they threatened the hospital with litigation over what they believed was poor care at Haley.
The VA's inspector general cleared the Tampa hospital of any wrongdoing and said facility officials installed the camera because they believed the family was interfering with Carnegie's nursing care. But hospital officials had told the Tampa Bay Times they did not suspect the family of any wrongdoing.
Carnegie had a heart attack in 2011 that caused brain damage while being treated at a South Florida VA hospital for an infection. Carnegie, who was vacationing in Florida, later transferred to Haley, in part to be closer to home.