Daughter fights with hospital over controversial COVID-19 treatment

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(WBBM Newsradio) -- A 68-year-old Elmhurst woman remains in a coma — on a ventilator, suffering from COVID-19 — as her daughter fights the hospital in court over the right to give her a controversial therapy.

The drug is ivermectin, which is used to treat parasites. The FDA has not approved it for treating COVID, and Elmhurst Hospital has refused to administer it.

But Desareta Fype said she believes it is the best hope for her mother, Nurije.

“After having my mom in the hospital for almost a month now, I’ve done a lot of research myself,” she told WBBM Newsradio. “If nothing else is working by now, so why not trying something that has shown and has proven evidence that it’s working?”

There is some anecdotal evidence that ivermectin can help treat COVID.

A DuPage County judge on Monday ordered the hospital to allow Nurije Fype to receive ivermectin, but the legal fight is expected to go on.

WBBM has asked the hospital’s representatives to comment.