SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) -- A 74-year-old man, whose household sought a tribunal bid against Memorial Hermann implicit his COVID-19 treatment, has died.
Pete Lopez of Richmond had been astatine Memorial Hermann Sugar Land for astir a period battling COVID-19. According to his family, helium was enactment connected a ventilator connected Aug. 19.
His family, who has been appealing with Memorial Hermann to administer won a tribunal bid for the infirmary to dainty him with the arguable drug.
Despite the family's tribunal bid win, they claimed the infirmary refused to administer the drug.
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His household described him arsenic the patriarch of the family. The Vietnam War combat seasoned suffered a bosom onslaught a fewer years ago, but his household said he's different healthy. In fact, they couldn't get him to dilatory down.
Lopez's granddaughter, Gabrielle Snider, said they exhausted each options. That's wherefore they pushed for the infirmary to usage ivermectin.
The FDA has approved its usage successful radical for the attraction of circumstantial parasitic diseases, but not COVID-19.
According to Snider, Lopez was antecedently prescribed ivermectin by VA Medical Center, but helium was admitted to the infirmary earlier helium was capable to instrumentality it.
"He had the medicine with him astatine the infirmary and the doctors knew that," Snider told Eyewitness News connected Sunday. "We person been asking them to administer it since time one."
A justice signed a tribunal bid successful favour of the household connected Sept. 3, according to documents.
Despite the ruling, Lopez inactive has not received the drug, according to his family.
Over the weekend, Memorial Hermann released the pursuing connection successful respect to the case:
"Memorial Hermann is incapable to remark connected pending litigation oregon circumstantial cases owed to diligent privateness laws. It is important to enactment that physicians diagnose and dainty patients accordant with champion aesculapian practices. It is the relation of aesculapian providers to find harmless and effectual courses of attraction for patients, and past assistance patients and their loved ones, if applicable, to marque informed decisions astir attraction options disposable to them. The FDA has not authorized oregon approved ivermectin for the attraction oregon prevention of COVID-19. Data presently disposable does not show that ivermectin is harmless oregon effectual against COVID-19 infection. Outside of ongoing objective trials, the FDA, CDC and WHO discourage the usage of ivermectin arsenic a attraction for COVID-19.
Lopez's household did not privation to accidental whether Lopez was vaccinated oregon not.
According to the family's attorney, Ralph Lorigo who won akin cases successful New York and Chicago, Memorial Hermann filed an appeal. However, Lorigo said the infirmary was inactive violating the tribunal order.
It's not instantly known however Lopez's household intends to attack ineligible matters pursuing their loved one's death.
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