(CMR) A Pennsylvania man whose wife had gone to court to have his COVID-19 infection treated with ivermectin reportedly died on Sunday, 12 December, after receiving two doses of the anti-parasitic medication.
Keith Smith (52) had been in an intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Memorial Hospital in York for three weeks while battling COVID-19. He was reportedly placed into a medically-induced coma and was on a ventilator less than two weeks after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
York County Court Judge Clyde Vedder ruled on 3 December that the hospital would not be compelled to treat Keith with ivermectin after his wife Darla had implored the court. However, the ruling allowed Darla to seek an independent doctor to treat him with ivermectin.
Reports are that after Smith received two doses of ivermectin, his condition deteriorated, and the doctor stopped administering the medication.
According to The Hill, Darla described her husband’s last moments, stating: “The man in that bed did not look like Keith. He was gaunt, with scabs on his cheeks from three weeks of torture, having that godforsaken vent attached to his face. He had a full beard and mustache. His hair had grown like a wild man.”
Several hospitals throughout the US have continuously been hit with lawsuits demanding that they treat COVID-19 patients with ivermectin, The Hill reported. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that “ivermectin has not been authorized or approved for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals.”
The FDA also stated that “ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.”