She was on a ventilator and given just a 20% chance of survival — until she took this cheap, accessible experimental medication.
This is one more win for Ivermectin, the inexpensive drug that is used to treat children with head lice and deworming cats and dogs. It has not yet been approved by the federal government for use in treating COVID-19.
ClashDaily covered the promising results of Ivermectin:
- COVID: ‘If You Take It You Will Not Get Sick’ — Testimony At Senate Hearings
- Very Cheap Lice Drug Shows Promise With Improving COVID Patients Mortality Rates
Now there’s a face and a name to show that the results speak for themselves.
Meet 80-year-old Judith Smentkiewicz of Cheektowaga, New York. She was on a ventilator and dying in the ICU at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital when a doctor there allowed her to take the drug since she had such a low survival rate. Smentkiewicz’s son and daughter call Ivermectin a “miracle drug” and so do her lawyers, Ralph C. Lorigo and Jon F. Minear.
“This lady was on a ventilator, literally on her deathbed, before she was given this drug,” Lorigo told The Buffalo News about Smentkiewicz, a Cheektowaga resident. “As far as we’re concerned, the judge’s order saved this woman’s life.”
Lorigo said one doctor at the hospital allowed the patient to be given the drug, but after she had been given one dose, another doctor at the hospital refused to allow further doses. He said family members went to court to force the hospital to resume treatment with Ivermectin. State Supreme Court Judge Henry J. Nowak sided with them.
Smentkiewicz’s son, Michael, said that he and his sister, Michelle Kulbacki, were told on December 31 that their mother’s chance of survival was slim. As an 80-year old COVID patient on a ventilator, they pegged her chances at about 20% and that she’d be on a ventilator in the ICU for at least a month.
The family wasn’t willing to give up so easily, so they did some research into therapeutics and found Ivermectin.
“We did a lot of our own research, we read about Ivermectin … The results sounded very promising, and we decided we had to try something different,” Michael Smentkiewicz said. “We pressured the doctor in the ICU to give it to her. He finally agreed.”
On Jan. 2, Smentkiewicz was given her first dose of Ivermectin, and according to court papers filed by her family, she made “a complete turnaround.”
“In less than 48 hours, my mother was taken off the ventilator, transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit, sitting up on her own and communicating,” Kulbacki said in a court affidavit.
But once Judith was transferred to another hospital wing, the doctors there refused to give her the medication and her health began to decline.
So, the family took the hospital to court. Attorneys for the hospital argued that medical decisions should be made by doctors and not the courts. On January 8, Judge Nowak ordered the hospital to “immediately administer the drug Ivermectin” provided that her primary care physician write the prescription for the drug.
Lorigo, the attorney for the Smentkiewicz family, was stunned. “In 46 years as an attorney, I’ve never seen another case where a family had to get a court order to continue a treatment that had already been started by a hospital,” he said.
Michael Smentkiewicz said Thursday that his mother’s condition has improved again since the Ivermectin treatments resumed.
“She called me (Wednesday) night. Her voice was raspy, but it was so exciting to hear her voice,” he said. “She is sitting up in bed. She’s off the ventilator, but she has a canula in her nose, providing supplemental oxygen.”
He added that a doctor from the hospital told him Thursday that his mother appears to have “turned the corner” in her fight against the virus.
Michael Smentkiewicz said he also believes the power of prayer helped his mother.
Source: The Buffalo News
With the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines now being given out, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine pending approval, and the success of other therapeutics like hydroxychloroquine, steroids, and now Ivermectin — this is great news! We no longer need to live like everyone is a disease vector.
Although some medical experts are vocal advocates for the use of Ivermectin as a therapeutic, the FDA website says that the drug is not approved for the treatment of COVID-19 although it is safe to use by both people and animals for other uses. One of the infectious disease experts in the region, Dr. Thomas A. Russo, had to throw a wet blanket on the situation.
“There are some indications that this drug may have some merit in treating Covid-19 … Yes, it is possible that it helped this woman,” said Russo. He added, “But the trials and testing are ongoing. We don’t have definitive data yet to show it does help. Presently, it is not recommended as a treatment for Covid-19.”
The FDA website states:
While there are approved uses for ivermectin in people and animals, it is not approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. You should not take any medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19 unless it has been prescribed to you by your health care provider and acquired from a legitimate source.
A recently released research articleExternal Link Disclaimer described the effect of ivermectin on SARS-CoV-2 in a laboratory setting. These types of laboratory studies are commonly used at an early stage of drug development. Additional testing is needed to determine whether ivermectin might be appropriate to prevent or treat coronavirus or COVID-19.
It might be a good idea for the FDA to prioritize Ivermectin as a therapeutic for COVID-19. It has saved one life, how many more could be saved?