Local woman claims hospital lost WWII dog tags

Posted at 9:43 AM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 09:43:21-05

Deborah Weshalek of Allen Park is still upset over what she says happened to her son this past April. More specifically, what was on him, that is now missing.

That son was brought into Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn. He needed an emergency CAT scan, so she says his expensive gold chain and his grandfather's WWII dog tags, which he always wore around his neck, were placed in a bag on his chest and then taken away. They haven't been seen since.

"They lost it," she says.

After letters and meetings, she and her son settled with the hospital for half of what the gold chain was worth. But those tags? Irreplaceable.

"There was a lot of sentimental value in those dog tags. I had them in a box for years," she adds.

She said he, "Felt proud his grandfather fought in the war, and now they are gone."

They were a reminder of a man who served his country.

"He was a purple heart, he got shot in the leg."

Beaumont Health released a statement:

"We never want anyone to lose property, especially items with sentimental value, when they visit our campus. We have many policies and practices to prevent the loss of valuables. We do a thorough search for lost items and apologize if we cannot locate them. In some cases, we offer to replace the item or recognize the fair market value. We also look to see if we could have done anything to have prevented the loss."