Keith Smith, 52, died Sunday after being hospitalized for nearly three weeks. He was diagnosed with Coronavirus infection on November 10 and was admitted to the hospital intensive care unit in a medically induced coma Breathing Machine on November 21st.
As his health continued to decline, his 24-year-old wife, Darla Smith, transferred the court to the hospital to administer ivermectin.
Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug, mainly used for breed for the treatment of scabies and other diseases.
Countless posts went viral in conservative Facebook groups and other online spaces, fueled in part by supportDonald Trump The telemedicine service, which sells prescriptions for ivermectin, has hailed it as a miracle drug and advised followers to do whatever they can to get it.
But the drug was not approved by the Food and Drug Administration because it was not promising in preclinical trials. The World Health Organization in March recommended that the effectiveness of the drug in the treatment of Covid-19 remains unproven.
On December 3, judge Clyde Vedder of York County Court ruled that he could not force the hospital to treat patients with ivermectin, but allowed Ms. Smith to be administered by an independent physician.
Smith sued UPMC Memorial Hospital to treat her husband with ivermectin after learning of similar cases across the United States. She is supported by the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance, a group that promotes the use of the controversial drug in the treatment of coronavirus.
“He is the love of my life, and I am completely lost and empty without him. At this point, nothing more [hospital] can do, or will do, for my husband,” she wrote in court affidavit. “However, I can’t give up on him, even if [hospital] Having… Out of options, I started researching other COVID-19 treatment options. ”
Mr. Smith received two doses of the drug before his condition worsened and the doctor halted the treatment, USA Today reported.
Mrs Smith said: ‘I believe if heaven were real, he would be healthy and whole, pain-free and perfectly normal. The York Dispatch after her husband died.
Similarly, a 47-year-old Florida teacher with Covid-19 whose husband also went to court to get her treated with ivermectin died in November.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/man-covid-ivermectin-treatment-lawsuit-b1975596.html Man whose wife wins legal tender to treat Covid with ivermectin dies