Jeremy Smith, who had been battling Covid-19 for long, has died. Smith’s passing isn’t just another among many Covid deaths the country has witnessed. Smith’s agonizing tale assumes added significance because his wife, unable to bear his suffering, had sued to treat him with ivermectin, in the hope of seeing him recover. Ivermectin is an anti-parasite medication for animals such as horses and cows.
After being diagnosed with Covid-19 on July 9 and hospitalized six days later, in August, he was put on a ventilator. Smith breathed his last on September 25, after having spent days in a ventilator.
As Jeremy’s condition went from bad to worse even while being treated in a hospital, his wife Julie Smith started exploring alternatives to cure her husband. It was then she chanced upon articles that showed her cases of ivermectin miraculously curing ailments. Having decided to go for it, Julie’s next step was to get hold of a prescription to buy the drug.
She finally managed to get a prescription from a doctor in Centerville, Ohio. However, as destiny would have it, Jeremy Smith’s hospital, UC Health West Chester, said no to the ivermectin proposal. Julie had no other go than to sue the hospital.
She did just that and managed to win an injunction she had sought. However, a second judge overruled that, and Julie was left in the lurch. The judge, in his ruling, said that the ‘medical and scientific communities do not support the use of ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19’, and so Julie Smith had to adhere to it.
A NewsBreak report said that medical experts are of the opinion that ivermectin cannot treat Covid-19 though the belief is just the opposite. Experts believe that administering ivermectin can prove to be dangerous to humans if not used exactly as prescribed.
Julie’s loss is huge. Ivermectin or not, she has lost her husband to Covid-19, and that too after a long battle with the ailment. Smith was an engineer at Verizon Wireless and the father of three children. His family members believe that his death came about due to his hospital’s stance and treatment.