| Pete Lopez|
(veteran, COVID-19/Premature death?)
1946 or 1947
|Died||7 September 2021 (Age 74)|
Cause of death
Pete Lopez from Richmond, Texas was hospitalised at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Sugar Land in August 2021.
Lopez was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was previously prescribed ivermectin but was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 before he was able to take it.
His family, who had been appealing with Memorial Hermann to administer, won a court order for the hospital to treat him with Ivermectin.Despite the family's court order win, they claimed the hospital refused to administer the drug. Lopez's granddaughter, Gabrielle Snider, said they exhausted all options. That's why they pushed for the hospital to use ivermectin.
A judge signed a court order in favor of the family on Sept. 3, according to documents.
According to Snider, Lopez was previously prescribed ivermectin by VA Medical Center, but he was admitted to the hospital before he was able to take it.
"He had the prescription with him at the hospital and the doctors knew that," Snider told our KTRK on Sunday. "We have been asking them to administer it since day one."
Despite the ruling, Lopez did not received the drug, according to his family.
The hospital released the statement:
"Memorial Hermann is unable to comment on pending litigation or specific cases due to patient privacy laws. It is important to note that physicians diagnose and treat patients consistent with best medical practices. It is the role of medical providers to determine safe and effective courses of treatment for patients, and then assist patients and their loved ones, if applicable, to make informed decisions about treatment options available to them. The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. Data currently available does not demonstrate that ivermectin is safe or effective against COVID-19 infection. Outside of ongoing clinical trials, the FDA, CDC and WHO discourage the use of ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19.
Lopez died on 7 September 2021.