Attorneys Report Spike in Calls for Help From Families of Patients

Health care workers attend to a patient with COVID-19 at the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2021. (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)
Health care workers attend to a patient with COVID-19 at the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2021. (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)

By Nanette Holt February 2, 2022 Updated: February 2, 2022

Attorneys around the country report an alarming uptick in calls for help from families of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Some say they’ve talked to family members who were arrested after trying to visit a loved one or to speak with a doctor after communications with the hospital were cut off.

Attorneys told The Epoch Times about a wide variety of instances of what they call abuse, including hospitals preventing visits from family, failing to provide nutrition and fluids, and coercing patients to agree to treatments they’d already refused multiple times—such as being placed on a ventilator.

Gainesville, Florida, attorney Jeff Childers has been so alarmed by the cases he’s seen, he posted a tutorial online with tips on how to navigate the legalities surrounding hospitalization with COVID-19.

Childers warns that he’s not a doctor and that he’s not offering medical advice.

When his office gets calls from concerned family members, the patient in question is already on a ventilator and the family is desperately concerned about treatment.

“In many cases, the hospitals have refused to release the patient, citing their unstable condition, meaning that at some point it can become impossible to get off the COVID express,” Childers wrote in his blog.

“The most common complaints we get include that patients are being pressured to accept Remdesivir, have been given Remdesivir even though they objected to it, or the hospital will not administer alternative widely-used treatments even though the patient is in critical condition where side effects are less risky than imminent death.

“I have personally seen hospitals spend tens of thousands of dollars on lawyers to keep patients in their facility.”

Chris and Claudia Pisano
Attorneys for the family of Daniel Pisano (shown here with his wife of 51 years, Claudia) had filed a lawsuit asking a judge to order Mayo Clinic to allow treatment with ivermectin and other vitamins and medications. (Courtesy of Chris Pisano)

Childers was one of the attorneys who took on Mayo Clinic Florida in court hoping to help the family of Daniel Pisano try medications they believed would help him. Mayo Clinic attorneys fought back vigorously.

The Pisano family also had tried to arrange to transfer the 70-year-old grandfather and businessman to a hospital where he could receive the medications an outside doctor had said could save him.

Pisano passed while the family was still fighting to obtain alternative medications for him.

“I call it medical kidnapping,” Childers said. “This isn’t over by a long shot,” he added, alluding to a continuation of the fight with Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic Florida has not responded to repeated requests for comment on the case and hospital attorneys asked judges on multiple occasions to seal documents that would reveal their arguments.

Another hospital in Naples, Florida, had two sisters arrested when they came to the facility seeking a visit with their father or a conversation with his doctor, Jim Boatman, an attorney, told The Epoch Times. The hospital stopped responding to the family’s requests for updates on their loved one when they started asking about alternative treatments, Boatman said.

Ultimately the women, who briefly spent time in jail for the offense, decided it would put their father’s care at risk if they filed a lawsuit, Boatman told The Epoch Times.

Attorney Esther Bodek in Aurora, Colorado, also knows of a patient’s family members who were arrested when communications with a hospital went sour. She says requests from families of COVID-19 patients have flooded in since November.

“It’s traumatizing,” Bodek said, “because it is a level of civil rights abuses that I have never encountered in my entire life.”

In case after case, she’s seen a pattern of separating COVID-19 patients from their families and restricting visitation. “And during that period of time is usually when the remdesivir is administered.”

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A vial of Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir in Belgium in a file image. (Dirk Vaem/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)

Some families coming to her for help often strenuously object to treatment with remdesivir. When other treatments have failed, they desperately want to try things the hospital won’t allow, such as ivermectin and vitamins.

Those are part of a popular protocol used by independent doctors around the country and by people treating themselves at home.

Bodek has fought many times to obtain those medications as a last-ditch effort to save a patient. She said the resistance she faces when dealing with the hospitals is maddening.

“Any question about treatment starts immediate combativeness [by hospital staff], from what I’ve seen in the pattern of our cases,” she said.

She’s had clients denied fluids and nutrition to the point of near-starvation. Since taking those cases she works night and day seven days a week.

On the weekend, “I’ll be on the phone and talking to somebody in tears,” she said. “The hospital’s telling them they want to pull the plug and they’re trying to make a decision. The doctor says, ‘We’re going to take him off life support now.’ And I’ve had to say ‘No! That’s not their choice!’”

One of her clients works in billing in a hospital and told her that hospitals receive a bonus payment of $17,000 from the federal government for every patient confirmed to have COVID-19, Bodek said. A bonus payment of $37,000 is paid for any patient going on a ventilator, according to that client, Bodek said.

“And she works in hospital billing, so she would know,” Bodek added.

Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks about the CCP virus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 7, 2020. (Alex Brandon/AP)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not responded to requests for details about payments made to hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Bodek’s advice: “Stay out of the hospital, no matter what. And if it happens that you’re admitted, have a medical power of attorney immediately written up to say no to remdesivir.”

She’s looking into filing civil rights violations lawsuits if claims of medical malpractice won’t work.

“I’m determined to find a way to stop this abuse,” Bodek said. “This is definitely a fight we’re not giving up.”

Omaha, Nebraska attorney Gerard Forgét, who specializes in trusts and estates, contacted The Epoch Times hoping to offer similar advice for readers.

Hospitals often ask patients being admitted to sign a health care directive or living will indicating, in advance, decisions about whether or not to be put on life support.

“I advise clients against this,” Forgét said. Signing one of those documents “vests your physician with authority that supersedes your spouse, or other family members. This can yield tragic results!”

Giving a physician that power means he or she can remove life support without consulting family, he says. “Signing that gives your physician permission to kill you!”

The problems in American health care will take a long time to correct, Childers said.

“The blessing is COVID has exposed the problems” in health care, he added. “They weren’t created by COVID. COVID showed us where they are.”

New Drug for Seriously Ill COVID-19 Patients Shows Promise Under Right to Try Act

By Nanette Holt January 31, 2022 Updated: February 1, 2022

New information collected under the federal Right to Try Act shows promise for the new drug ZYESAMI, now in clinical trials for the treatment of serious cases of COVID-19.

The information was collected by a hospital in the U.S. southwest, drug developer NRx announced in a news release Jan. 26.

ZYESAMI, developed by the Radnor, Pennsylvania-based pharmaceuticals company, currently is being tested with patients as part of the approval process of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company hopes to earn emergency-use authorization (EUA) that would allow widespread use of the drug in the treatment of COVID-19.

For now, the drug has progressed far enough in the process to be used by more patients under the federal Right to Try Act. That law allows the use of investigational drugs for patients diagnosed with life-threatening diseases or conditions, who have tried all approved treatment options, and who cannot participate in a clinical trial to access certain unapproved treatments.

The hospital reported that 16 of the 19 patients treated with ZYESAMI for COVID-19 respiratory failure “survived the ICU,” NRx announced. ZYESAMI is the brand name of aviptadil, a synthetic version of a natural chemical made in the human body called human vasoactive intestinal polypeptide.

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ZYESAMI is a bio-identical synthetic version of a natural chemical made in the human body called vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP). It may help COVID-19 patients by boosting the production of surfactant in the lungs and blocking toxic cytokines, the drug developer, NRx says. (NRx)

The hospital’s report said there were no serious adverse events associated with the use of the drug, according to the company’s statement. Patients were treated during the Omicron surge at the first onset of respiratory failure, after first trying remdesivir and other approved therapies.

Under Right to Try, NRx currently provides the drug for just the cost to overnight it to the patient, company spokesman Jack Hirschfield told The Epoch Times. Requests can be made through the form on the company’s website. The only catch is that the request must be made by the patient’s doctor.

And that can keep patients from actually trying it.

The family of Arizona businessman Stephen Judge repeatedly asked Banner Ironwood Medical Center in Queen Creek, Arizona to allow alternative treatments, including ZYESAMI, when the hospital’s standard protocols for COVID-19 failed. The hospital said no to every request, said Judge’s daughter, Caitlin Judge Treister.

The Epoch Times was in receipt of letters between the family and the hospital, showing the hospital was not willing for the new drug to be used under Right to Try. The Epoch Times has sent multiple requests for comment to Banner Ironwood Medical Center’s media and public relations department, but has received no response.

After Judge died, his daughter was working with another family wanting to try ZYESAMI, after all other COVID-19 treatments failed to help their loved one in a Minnesota hospital. For two weeks, the family waited for the drug to be given, only to find out that the request was never submitted to NRx, Treister said. That patient suffered a massive heart attack before the drug could be obtained, she said.

“Unfortunately, not everyone is able to get the hospital to cooperate with Right to Try,” NRx CEO Jonathan Javitt, M.D., affirmed.

The company has shared a document on its website explaining the technicalities of how the new drug works. In simplified terms, when the virus that causes COVID-19 gets in the lungs, it causes toxin build-up and restricts the production of surfactant.

Surfactant is the natural substance made in the body that helps keep the hundreds of thousands of tiny air sacs in the lungs open. When those air sacs are open, they allow oxygen to move from the lungs into the blood and throughout the body. COVID-19 causes those air sacs to stop functioning properly.

ZYESAMI works by binding to cells in the lungs, increasing surfactant production, preventing production of virus-related toxins, and blocking virus replication, Javitt told The Epoch Times. The drug continues to be tested in an ongoing National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial.

Roofing contractor Joel Webb, 40, of Colleyville, Texas enthusiastically shared his story of using ZYESAMI as part of an earlier trial in mid-October. His recovery, the husband and father of four said, was nothing short of miraculous.

When he first realized his COVID-19 infection was getting serious, he resisted going to the hospital. Three friends from church had already died from the virus. Checking into the hospital seemed to mean certain death, he told The Epoch Times.

But when a doctor friend urged him to get checked out at an emergency clinic where she was working, he agreed.

He’d been sick for about seven days, and “I was to the point where I didn’t even know where I was,” he said.

A CT scan showed his lungs looked full of shattered glass. Immediately, his doctor at the Frisco, Texas hospital offered ZYESAMI, telling Webb it was still in trials. Webb and his family declined. It seemed too risky to try an unapproved medication, he said.

Over the next few days, Webb’s condition worsened dramatically. He required increasing amounts of oxygen. The next step, he was told, was to go on a ventilator.

Devastated, his family gathered around him in the intensive care unit and prayed. Suddenly, he said, they were at peace about trying  ZYESAMI and told his doctors.

Shortly after, a courier delivered the drug, he said. That night, he remembers nurse technician Daniel Igheghe holding his hand, praying with him, and singing a Christian worship song to help Webb drift off to sleep, as he struggled to breathe.

By the next day, something amazing had happened, he said. His vital signs rapidly improved, Webb said, and his need for oxygen dramatically decreased. The trend continued steadily. Soon, he was out of the ICU. And nine days after being admitted to the hospital, he left, no longer on oxygen. 

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From left: Daniella Del Pilar Angulo Thompson, M.D.; nurse technician Daniel Igheghe; Joel Webb; and pharmacist Chad Friece reunited Jan. 25 at Texas Health Frisco for a photo celebrating Webb’s recovery from COVID-19. (Joel Webb)

Recently, he returned, though, to personally thank the nurse who held his hand and prayed with him, the doctor who recommended the trial drug, and the pharmacist who filled the prescription. He said he had no side effects from ZYESAMI, other than feeling flushed and hot, as the drug dripped into his vein.

“Then you get cold,” he said with a chuckle. “You can feel it and you know you’ve gotten something.”

This past weekend, he went on a three-mile hike and gave thanks for the drug he believes saved his life.

“I give all the glory to God,” he said.

COVID vaccine mandates are not doing anything to help the pandemic, says Dr. Richard Urso –

Monday, January 31, 2022 by: Mary Villareal

(Natural News) In the January 28 episode of “The New American,” Dr. Richard Urso talks about the Wuhan coronavirus vaccines, saying that the mandates are a scientific fraud. “This vaccine has caused more death and more injury than every other vaccine over the last 30 years,” he said.

Urso said that he has an 11-year background in FDA-approved drugs, and when the pandemic started, he and his colleagues went to work immediately, when it became clear by the end of February 2020 that the coronavirus was killing people by causing blood clots and inflammation. He said that they focused on what they could do with it, and started using steroids.

Historically, he said that people think in big categories, and when they look at the big categories, they find things that might work. In the case of the pandemic, it was pretty easy to think of anti-inflammatories, things that could stop blood clots. Then, they had to try to attack the virus, which is a bit trickier because each of them is a little unique.

“But thankfully, we had six years of data on the Coronavirus families. And so there were some good lead candidates. And that’s how we started. So at the end of the day, what I tell people now is cancer cells and viruses are very unique, they use our machinery.” he said. “And so we have to use a multi-drug cocktail to beat cancer and viruses. We don’t use one single drug. One drug does not work because viruses and cancer cells are very good at slipping around things.”

Urso noted that he also has a background in oncology, and the bottom line is those multi-drug cocktails, using multiple modalities, should be used to successfully attack viruses. “And then you look at the downstream mechanisms of inflammation, breathing problems, blood clotting, and we have plenty of drugs for all those things.”


In a separate article. Urso noted that his “new favorite drug” is cyproheptadine, which is used to treat allergy symptoms, blocking the release of substances that cause hypersensitivity pneumonia. He also advises the use of fenofibrate, which is used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides with additional antiviral and antithrombotic effects.

Urso details why vaccines are not effective

Urso noted that vaccines are not very effective because they cause inflammation. “They cause a lot because the spike protein is 95 percent of what causes COVID-19. You’re literally giving the spike protein, which is the most inflammatory portion of the 29 proteins in the spike and is 12% of the genome and it causes 95% of the issues. That’s not a smart strategy,” he said. (Related: French drug assessment center says all four Covid-19 vaccines are dangerous, should be pulled off the market.)

Second, he noted that vaccines have lipid nanoparticles that are going to the bone marrow, brain, ovaries and adrenal glands. “We do not need inflammation in adrenal glands, or bone marrow or brain or ovaries. For that matter. It doesn’t make sense. It’s a poor strategy.”

He also went on to say that there are better strategies for vaccines. The COVID vaccines have inflammatory compounds, which is why they wanted the governments to stop mandating them: these vaccines neither stop transmission nor stop infection. “This vaccine has caused more death and more injury than every other vaccine over the last 30 years. That’s just a data point. It’s not my opinion.”

Urso noted that one of his goals as a physician is to present the data so that people will have more information. “It’s a scientific fraud to say that vaccinated immunity is better than natural immunity. It’s absolutely completely absurd and intellectually arrogant,” he said. (Related: WISING UP: More than 1 out of 4 unvaccinated Americans believe experimental vaccines are more dangerous than COVID-19.)

Further, he believes that fear is part of the messaging in this case. “We’ve had really bad messaging,” he said.

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