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Veteran waits on urgent surgery

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A military veteran from Albany has some real medical concerns, as he deals with Veterans Affairs.

Cedric Vicks says he was told by Doctors he needs neck surgery urgently, or he could be paralyzed.  His wait had been close to three months when they called us.

We have heard from many veterans telling about long waits for medical care from the V.A. Cedric Vicks called us, saying his wait could have life altering consequences.

41 year old Cedric Vicks says he has spent most of the last three months sitting in a neck brace, moving as little as possible.  Because his doctor said he has bulging, herniated discs in his neck, pushing against his spine.

"He said it was very urgent that I have surgery," Vicks said.  "I've been waiting now almost three months to get a surgery that's urgent.  They tell me I could be paralyzed if I move my head the wrong way."

"I'm very angry,"  said his wife Missy Vicks. "I'm actually very irate. I reached out to you guys because we needed our story to be heard."

Vicks spent 10 years in the Army, including two tours of duty in Kuwait and Afghanistan.  A Sergeant, he thinks his neck and back problems date back to a rollover in 1999. 

"My activity is none. Little to none. I'm depressed a lot, because I'm worried.  I've never really worried about anything like this.  But like yesterday the whole right side of my arm went numb."

Vicks and his wife are meticulous record keepers, but say dealing with the V.A. has pushed them to their limits.

The Vicks say they reached out to Congressman Sanford Bishop's office, but still got no further.  

"So it's very heartbreaking. Very heartbreaking.  And I know if we're going through this. I know there are other veterans out there that don't have people advocating for them.  That are just lost in that loophole," Missy Vicks said.

After we talked to the Vicks We reached out to officials at the V.A. Medical Center in Dublin.  And the good news is that advocates pushed his case forward, and today Cedric Vicks got an appointment to see a surgeon in Macon.

They were heading for the consultation, and they were very hopeful.  So we wish them the best, and hope all the other military veterans can get the type medical care they deserve because of their service.

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