Man whose family sued the hospital for refusing to give him Ivermectin to treat his COVID-19 diagnosis has died. He reportedly died after being hospitalized for more than two weeks. He was under sedation for treatment of pneumonia related to a COVID-19 infection. His mother previously brought in some of her own ivermectin and tried to administer it to her son in the hospital, but the medical staff intervened.
According to reports, the 41-year-old man from Kansas, Deke Belden, has died on Monday, Dec. 13. The obituary does not say the cause of death.
The 41-year-old man was diagnosed with COVID-19 in November and the lawsuit said his personal physician had prescribed it to him. His family sought an emergency court order that would allow his doctor to give him the controversial medication. Belden was reportedly admitted to OMC on Nov. 27.
According to reports, his parents brought doses of Ivermectin to his room, but hospital staff wouldn’t allow them to give it to their son. His family said his condition had gotten worse since he quit taking the medication.
The victim’s mother, Sherri Belden, sued the OMC on Dec. 6, seeking a court order to allow her son to be treated with ivermectin as the last, best chance of survival from this dread disease. The woman had previously brought in some of her own ivermectin and tried to administer it to her son in the hospital, but the medical staff intervened, according to reports.
OMC officials reportedly said Ivermectin is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration to treat COVID-19 and the hospital policy does not allow them to grant Belden and his family’s wishes to take Ivermectin.
Belden’s family believed Ivermectin gave him the best chance to survive. This story will be updated as new information become available.