By Mary Beth Pfeiffer
A 68-year-old woman is near death as her family fights a hospital that is refusing to give her an FDA-approved drug that has helped other late stage COVID-19 sufferers.
A handful of families have used courts to get the drug, ivermectin, for their hospitalized loved ones. But Nurije Fype’s situation is unprecedented – it is the first in which a facility, Elmhurst Hospital near Chicago, has defied a judge’s order to administer the medicine.
Ralph Lorigo, the patient’s attorney, and Desareta Fype, her daughter -- who won an order Friday, April 30, only to see it rejected by the hospital -- aren’t giving up.
In a hastily arranged conference call afterward, Lorigo said he suggested to the judge, “Send the sheriff to the hospital and tell the administrator he must abide by the order. If he refuses, put him in jail.”
But despite Fype’s precarious condition – in ICU and on a ventilator since April 28 — the judge won’t decide until at least Monday, May 3, whether to hold the hospital in contempt, as Lorigo asks, and thereby force the issue.
“As a lawyer for 47 years, a hospital refusing to obey a court order?” Lorigo said in a phone interview. “That’...
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