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The military 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, found the cause of death to be pneumonia. and said the 24-year-old was not treated until it was too late.
Regina Mullen, Kyle’s mother, received the report last week and shared its contents with Asbury Park Press.
Written by US Army Regional Medical Examiner Wendy Warren and dated May 2, the report paints a grim picture of Mullen’s final moments.
“This sailor had completed the week from hell and was being cared for by non-medical staff to help meet his basic needs,” it read. “He was in a wheelchair most of the time, unable to stand and walk on his own. He allegedly coughed up/spit up a red-tinged liquid that almost filled a 36 oz. sports drink bottle.
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“One of the other SEAL candidates had sought medical attention because he felt like he couldn’t breathe. When emergency personnel were called for this sailor, the deceased (Mullen) became unresponsive. When the ambulance crew arrived, they turned their attention to Seaman Mullen and transported him to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The report names the official cause of death as “acute pneumonia due to Streptococcus pyogenes.” Streptococcus pyogenes is a group A streptococcal bacterium, which, according to the report, “is capable of causing multiple organ failure and cardiovascular collapse through toxic shock.”
The accompanying toxicology report came back negative for the drugs.
The report corroborates what Regina Mullen has been saying for months: that despite suffering from severe respiratory illness, Kyle was neither monitored nor treated by medical personnel. She said she also commissioned a private autopsy which came to the same conclusion as the military autopsy.
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Regina Mullen is a nurse and she has openly stated that Kyle, who played football and basketball at Manalapan High School and later played football at Yale and Monmouth Universities, would have survived if he had received prompt medical attention at the end of Hell Week.
“I want the public to know what happened,” Regina Mullen said. “It wasn’t right.”
A separate investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service into why Mullen was not treated until it was too late is still ongoing.
Regina Mullen wants to see the Hell Week process reformed so that SEAL candidates are supervised and treated by medical personnel immediately after completing or dropping out of training.
Although Kyle Mullen was pronounced dead at Sharp Coronado Hospital in San Diego, Regina Mullen said “he died in the arms of a 19-year-old non-medical sailor” in Navy Barracks.
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US Representative Andy Kim, whose 3rd District has been redesigned to include Manalapan from next year, wrote a letter on April 14 to Sean O’Donnell, acting inspector general of the Department of Defense, asking for an investigation. distinct. Regina Mullen told Kim that would not be possible until the NCIS investigation was complete.
Regina Mullen also asked Kim to look into why her son was taken to a public hospital while the other distressed SEAL was referred to military medical personnel.
“The curtain needs to be drawn on this whole thing,” she said. “I’m not letting that go. It’s disgusting.”
Along with the autopsy report, Regina Mullen also received a condolence card from President Joe Biden.
“Four and a half months later, it’s finally acknowledged by the president,” she said. “It’s a shame.”
Jerry Carino is a community columnist for Asbury Park Press, focusing on Jersey Shore’s interesting people, inspiring stories and pressing issues. Contact him at [email protected]
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Navy SEALs ‘week from hell’ autopsy reveals Kyle Mullen’s cause of death
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