We Will Never Know. Could Deborah Bucko Have Been Saved?

We Will Never Know. Could Deborah Bucko Have Been Saved

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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