Detroit rep says hydroxychloroquine, Trump helped save her life amid COVID-19 fight

Detroit Free Press

A Democratic state representative from Detroit is crediting hydroxychloroquine — and Republican President Donald Trump who touted the drug — for saving her in her battle with the coronavirus.

State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who learned Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19, said she started taking hydroxychloroquine on March 31, prescribed by her doctor, after both she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms on March 18.

“It was less than two hours” before she started to feel relief, said Whitsett, who had experienced shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection. She is still experiencing headaches, she said.

Whitsett said she was familiar with “the wonders” of hydroxychloroquine from an earlier bout with Lyme disease, but does not believe she would have thought to ask for it, or her doctor would have prescribed it, had Trump not been touting it as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

Trump, at his daily coronavirus briefings, has repeatedly touted the drug in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin, despite criticism from health professionals that it is unproven and potentially dangerous. There have also been complaints that Trump’s remarks have resulted in a shortage of the drug for those people who normally use it for its recommended purposes.

But Whitsett said Trump’s comments helped in her case.

“It has a lot to do with the president … bringing it up,” Whitsett said. “He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority.”

Asked if she thinks Trump may have saved her life, Whitsett said: “Yes, I do,” and “I do thank him for that.”

Hydroxychloroquine is used to prevent and treat malaria and also used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, among other ailments.

Whitsett said she has been taking it in combination with antibiotics.

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13 Responses to Detroit rep says hydroxychloroquine, Trump helped save her life amid COVID-19 fight

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    They keep saying that there is a shortage of Hydroxychloroquine for the other uses. I wonder if there is any truth in that. I am so skeptical of so much they are telling us now.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rheavolans says:

    Getting really tired of these doctors with God complexes whining that this drug is “unproven” and “potentially unsafe.”

    I’m sorry we didn’t have time for a double blind study, but people are dying here so let’s get on with it. Someone please administer a cluebat to them that ChiComVid-19 is equally unsafe and may result in death, so maybe we’re gonna need to take some chances here.

    Liked by 4 people

    • stella says:

      Common sense …

      Liked by 4 people

      • rheavolans says:

        Must have been a banned class in most medical schools.🙄

        Liked by 3 people

      • auscitizenmom says:

        It would not be being used if our President hadn’t pushed it against the wishes of Dr. Fauci, because I really believe he is trying to sabatoge this whole thing.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Him and Birx…nothing but established…

          Clintonian hearts and voices.

          Had a democrap pushed this medicinal solution, it would be plastered all over MSM/LSM.

          Trish Regan got it right when she…to explain all the excitement over this “pandemic” when there was none in previous far worse outbreaks…

          2 words…

          Donald Trump.

          Then she got dumped.

          Some of you here will remember the Hong Kong flu.

          I am a rare survivor of that…

          …0.1 under 106 fever. 105 starts frying the brain. I can’t adequately explain the pain and heat of near 106 fever. You are helpless, slaughtered and laid like a body ready for burial. You are praying to die at that point and degree.

          Where was all this fear-mongering dread of the end of the world then?

          But see, DJT was not POTUS back then.

          I can tell you, I never, ever want to have a fever that again…and was a much younger man. I missed a month of work and they thought I was looking for another job. When they realized the truth of the matter…they paid me full pay.

          This virus, bad as it may be, doesn’t come close that Hong Kong flu.

          IMHO…a lot of these statistical deaths for so called CV-19…are of other issues and underlying issues that the morticians who are on the wrong side of the political map are all to happy to lump into CV-19 to ramp up the scare statistics.

          But hey, that’s just me, a simple survivor of something a lot worse.

          Blessings for all here. Be safe. Be smart.

          And above all, reject stupid.

          Peace!

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    • Menagerie says:

      Doctors have huge egos and I think a lot of them, consciously or unconsciously, choose to observe and adhere somewhat to a pecking order. I have three family members with serious heart conditions. In every single case there was only so much that cardiologists in Chattanooga could do for them. Also in every single case the Chattanooga doctors drug their feet and wasted patient time, money, and potentially their wellbeing in taking so long to refer them all to Vanderbilt.

      The Vanderbilt doctors understand this touchy situation and counsel people to be very careful to keep on the good side of their local docs, who are their first line of defense. Me, I still think they ought to have to deal with their pride issues, just like the rest of us.

      I will not forget that they kept my infant grandson in a Chattanooga hospital room for 8 days doing basically nothing for him before sending him on in an ambulance to Vanderbilt. Personally, I would probably have hired a lawyer if needed to get him transferred, and I sure would have fought them over keeping him there for 8 days of outrageous costs when all they were doing was pumping him full of drugs that kept him from crashing while they manned up.

      Doctors have a ginormous problem with hubris, IMO.

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      • IMO, your opinion is right on target.

        Having much experience with doctors…I used to love to get into a situation where they would come into my room with that “we’re just all simpletons who cannot possibly understand the complexity of a situation” attitude…and then you get started on them and they begin to realize they may not be the smartest person in the room. BHO wasn’t a doctor, but he had the same “god complex”.

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  3. czarina33 says:

    News just reported New Orleans’ Charity Hospital/LSU is running research trials on the hydroxychloroquine as a treatment and as a prevention for medical workers.

    Liked by 2 people

    • I didn’t know about the new hospital. I did know Charity was shut down after H. Katrina so that it became impossible to get records there for my VA stuff.

      I spent long term time there in 1980…horrible doctor-prescribed medicinal reactions that nearly killed. Other family history…both my parents were in the TB stations there.

      I hated my time there, but I have to say, there were a bunch of good, genuine doctors and nurses just doing their best for their patients, some of wom are why I am still alive. Charity Hospital, politics and all aside, was a God send to many. They couldn’t save my mother, but helped dad so that after he survived TB, he lived to 88 before he died the day before Mother’s Day last year.

      I remenber a judge in my case in Leesville, LA when she found out my history of all that in NOLA…who said, oh well, good luck with that one trying to get those records after Katrina. She was a good judge who I respected, but she understood the horrible dynamics of what Katrina did to NOLA…after all, living in SW Louisiana, where my case was in her court, a month later, we got the hell beat out of us by next monster hurricane a month later, Hurricane Rita.

      No state in our great Republic had ever been beaten to death like Louisiana in 2005. It was record setting. Coast to coast.

      Kinda waxing a little emotional about all this today…remembering…I lost my best, closest friend to Katrina.

      Liked by 1 person

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