A physician the previous president endorsed wants a pay television broadcaster to give $100 million in compensation.
Stella Immanuel is suing CNN and employee Anderson Cooper for allegedly ridiculing her medical advice. Immanuel claims the broadcaster and “Anderson Cooper 360” host defamed her for recommending hydroxychloroquine to patients suffering from COVID-19.
“Cooper and CNN published a series of statements of fact about Dr. Immanuel that injured her reputation and exposed her to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, and financial injury,” documents filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Sherman Division said.
The doctor believes she was targeted because Donald Trump shared a video of her outlining benefits of administering hydroxychloroquine to patients suffering from the deadly disease.
“[It was] an effort to vilify, demonize and embarrass President Trump,” the court documents said.
She also blamed CNN and Cooper for spreading misinformation that caused many viewers to avoid cheaper and more widely available treatments.
“By targeting and attacking Dr. Immanuel, CNN effectively caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands whose lives would have been spared if they had been treated early with hydroxychloroquine,” she said.
Immanuel wants the broadcaster and television host to pay compensatory and punitive damages plus court expenses.
Back in February, she demanded an apology from the media and medical community in the wake of new research that proved hydroxychloroquine is effective in treating COVID-19.
“Nobody needs to get sick, this virus has a cure—it is called hydroxychloroquine,” she said at the time. “I have treated over 350 patients and not had one death.”
Although several members from American Front Line Doctors supported the physician’s professional opinion CNN, CNBC, the New York Times and other mainstream media outlets did not apologize. They allegedly kept censoring her, and calling the University of Calabar graduate a “Hollywood madwoman.”
BL previously reported hydroxychloroquine trials back in late June were potentially sabotaged with lethal doses to produce bad test results.
These trials were conducted at the request of chief medical officers of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, as well as United Kingdom Chief Medical Officer Stephen Powis. Powis allegedly sent a message to National Health Service colleagues, and directed them to enrol as many COVID patients as possible in the trials. He described testing as a national priority.
Patients were given up to 2,400 milligrams during the first 24 hours of treatment. Distribution was 800 mg at zero and six hours, and then 400 milligrams at 12 hours. Treatment continued with 400 milligrams every 12 hours for up to nine days.
“Hydroxychloroquine overdose is associated with cardiovascular, neurological, and other toxicities, occurring with doses over 1500 milligrams, and higher doses are associated with fatality,” Cambridge University clinical autoimmunity professor David Jayne said according to the Daily Expose.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also conducted trials and used the same dosage as in the UK.
WHO’s informal consultation on the potential role of chloroquine in the “clinical management of COVID 19 infection” involved five affiliates from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.