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As his wife continues to cling to life at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Ryan Drock’s quest to force the hospital to give him an unproven drug to fight COVID-19 has stalled.
Two weeks after Palm Beach County Circuit Judge James Nutt dismissed Drock’s initial lawsuit and ordered lawyers to chart a course forward, no further court documents have been filed.
Drock, who said his wife’s condition was deteriorating, expressed frustration at the delays.
“Anytime now she will pass and they still won’t give her,” said the man from Loxahatchee of the hospital’s refusal to allow him to receive the drug ivermectin.
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Parasitic drug ivermectin not approved to treat COVID-19
The drug, approved to fight parasites, has been adopted by many conservative groups as a silver bullet to combat the potentially fatal effects of the coronavirus.
But it is not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to treat COVID-19. The federal agency says it has not proven its effectiveness in preclinical trials.
Some medical centers, including Bethesda Hospital East in Boynton Beach, settled similar lawsuits by finding a staff doctor willing to administer the drug.
While a doctor at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center agreed to give Tamara Drock ivermectin, Huxtable said he opposed the suggested low dose and the deal fell apart.
“It just gets worse by the hour,” Ryan Drock said of his wife, 47, a teacher at Egret Lake Elementary School in West Palm Beach who did not receive a COVID-19 vaccine. . âHis fan is on the highest possible setting. “
Dr Larry Bush, an infectious disease specialist and former president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society, said even approved drugs only work in the initial stages of infection.
Often weeks after patients no longer test positive for the virus, they continue to struggle with the damage it has done to their lungs and other vital organs, he said.
Patients who are still struggling are given other medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, to help them fight the lingering effects of the disease, he said.
Drock’s attorney, Jake Huxtable, did not respond to messages explaining why the case against Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center had not moved forward. Tampa attorney Isaac Ramon Ruiz-Carus, who represents the hospital owned by Tenet Healthcare, could not be reached either.
The woman’s condition has worsened since her hospitalization on August 23
Nutt ruled that Huxtable had used the wrong legal vehicle to ask him to force the hospital to administer ivermectin to Tamara Drock. But, he said, “given the gravity and urgency of this case,” he would allow Huxtable to amend his lawsuit.
In his latest ruling on October 19, Nutt asked Huxtable and Ruiz-Carus to meet to try and find a way to resolve the matter.
“A joint report from the conference of the parties is requested immediately,” Nutt wrote. No report was tabled.
Ryan Drock said Huxtable told him he hoped to meet Ruiz-Carus on Friday. He said he hoped it wasn’t too late.
His wife has been hospitalized for COVID-19 since August 23. Her condition worsened in late September and she was placed on a ventilator against her husband’s wishes, according to the lawsuit.
Drock said he became an ivermectin believer because he took the drug and recovered from COVID-19. His wife didn’t and she got worse. He said she had no underlying condition that would make her more likely to suffer from serious consequences of the disease.
“Every day she doesn’t understand, she just gets worse,” he said.
A gofundme.com web page has been set up to cover his medical expenses. So far, $ 6,155 has been raised.