By Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Deborah Bucko died Sunday, May 16, at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Long Island, N.Y., leaving a husband, Scott Mantel, two teen-aged children and three stepchildren. She was 52 years old.
Officially, the ravages of COVID-19 will be recorded as the cause. The death certificate will not say -- as nearly 600,000 such documents in the United States do not -- that this COVID patient might have lived had she been treated earlier and better.
Deborah Bucko is one of five patients whose families resorted to courts to obtain treatment with a safe, FDA-approved drug, ivermectin, that hospitals refuse to administer and public health agencies to endorse. Five judges ordered the treatment in those cases; three near-death patients, aged 68, 80 and 81, later went home. A fourth, 68 and in a Chicago area hospital, is slowly improving after her treatment began May 3.
But Ms. Bucko, hospitalized since Feb. 28 and on a ventilator 59 days, received her care late and, in the face of Mount Sinai’s vigorous intransigence, inconsistently. Twice, a judge ordered ivermectin; twice, the drug was stopped after five days.
Ms. Bucko was in precarious shape – in septi...
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