Houston man shot six times last week still waits for surgery at hospital overwhelmed by coronavirus cases

A man who was shot six times last week in Houston has been waiting for surgery at a hospital overwhelmed by COVID-19.

“Everybody is really surprised I’m still in this bed a week later,” said Joel Valdez.

According to a spokesperson from the Harris Health System, Ben Taub Hospital is currently operating with an ICU at 98% capacity. About 33% of those patients are COVID-related.

Other hospitals have been reporting similar numbers.

“In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases overwhelming the hospitals of Harris Health System, our medical experts review all surgical cases throughout the day to determine the acuity level and patient’s overall condition,” said Amanda Callaway from the Harris Health System.

“Due to strained resources, surgical patients are being prioritized based on several factors, which unfortunately may result in a delay of non-emergent surgical procedures. Harris Health and its medical partners are working diligently to provide the best possible care during these difficult times.”

Valdez, a local business owner and father was leaving a supermarket last Saturday morning, located when he was shot six times by a stranger.

“Having broken bones and bullets in me for over a week now, it’s a little frustrating,” Valdez told Fox.

“I got shot in the neck right here, but I got hit three times in my left shoulder. That’s what is broken and what I’m awaiting surgery for.”

Kendrick Green was arrested this week and charged with shooting Valdez.

Now, one week later, Valdez hopes he can have surgery soon and begin his long recovery.