A Loxahatchee man files a lawsuit six weeks after her wife was admitted to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in a medically induced coma and tethered to a ventilator. He insisted the healthcare officials give his wife Ivermectin, a drug that is approved to treat people with conditions caused by parasitic worms, but not for those struggling with coronavirus. Officials at the hospital refused.
Ryan Drock, 41, with his hope and his wife, Tamara Drock, 47-year-old options running out, Drock filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court on Friday to force the hospital to give his wife the treatment that he thinks helped him and others recover from the highly contagious respiratory infection, according to The Palm Beach Post.
Drock’s lawsuit is the second in a week that a county judge has been asked to order a hospital to give Ivermectin to a COVID-19 patient. The lawsuits, filed by a legal firm in Buffalo, New York, have gained popularity across the country as people desperate to rescue their loved ones have gone to court to force doctors to act.
Ivermectin Was The Last Resort
Attorney Jon Minear, who works for the New York law firm that developed the legal approach that has gained widespread attention recently, said it is the last resort. Although it is not a guarantee that it will save anyone’s life, but they should give it a shot.
While hospital authorities declined to comment, a bioethicist at the University of Miami said such cases are risky. According to Kenneth Goodman, director of the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at the university’s medical school, there is a justification Ivermectin, which is widely used to treat worms in horses, cows, and other livestock has not been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration to combat COVID-19. Clinical investigations have revealed that it’s ineffective against the coronavirus, he claims.
Furthermore, Goodman said medical choices should not be made by judges. Courts are not the right place to practice medicine or decide treatment. The reason doctors are trained and licensed to use their judgment is generally, you want them to make a decision that leads to the best clinical outcome, Goodman said.
Drock Claimed Ivermectin Cured Him
Nonetheless, Drock stated that he had read instances of people, like his wife, who were extremely ill with COVID-19 and were cured after using Ivermectin. He also said that after he and his wife were diagnosed with COVID-19 in August, he took the medicine and, his symptoms disappeared.
He agreed to sign a waiver so that Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center would not be held liable if the treatment fails or causes other difficulties. Still, it was refused. Drock stated that his sole hope is that Circuit Judge James Nutt will hear his request in a scheduled hearing this week.