A Virginia hospital was found in contempt of court Monday for blocking an ICU patient’s right to allow her doctor to try the drug Ivermectin in a last attempt to treat her case of COVID-19.
The patient, Kathleen Davies, 63, has been ill with COVID since October and was placed on a ventilator to help her breathe in early November. Her family has been determined in their efforts to try to do everything medically possible to save her life.
The Fauquier Times reports Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge James Fisher found Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton in contempt of court for “needlessly interposing requirements that stand in the way of the patient’s desired physician administering investigational drugs as part of the Health Care Decisions Act and the federal and state Right to Try Acts.”
Davies’ son, Christopher, a radiologic technologist at the same hospital, and her husband Donald had been fighting a legal battle lasting over a week with the hospital for her right to try Ivermectin in what the newspaper described as a last attempt to save her life.
The FDA has not approved Ivermectin to treat COVID, and Christopher Davies told the paper he doesn’t know whether or not Ivermectin will help his mother, but he wants the opportunity to try the drug as a “hail Mary” effort to save her. He said the hospital had tried every other treatment, but his family should be able to try the drug.
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