Became sick: 11/22/2021
First sought care: 11/30/2021
To: Peterson Kerrville and Methodist
My Dad, Gary T. Wiegand (Chief), was killed on 21 January 2022, when his rights to safe and effective treatments were denied by his “trusted” doctor following a hospital cv-protocol that suppressed effective treatments. My family advocated for medications that greatly improved symptoms for my husband, our friends, and acquaintances, within a 24-hour period.
These low-cost, FDA-approved medications are doctor prescribed in other states and countries and have been used safely for decades. His care team could not provide a medical reason that my Dad should not have these FDA-approved, doctor prescribed meds. My Dad lived in Pennsylvania, a “Right to Try” state but for him it was a “Rights Denied” state.
On New Year’s Day, Dad and Mom were feeling sick so they rested, stayed hydrated and increased their supplements. Mom felt better within 5 days, and although Dad’s original symptoms (fever, chills and sore throat) had resolved he had no appetite and was tired. He had a negative home test so he continued to rest, hydrate, take his vitamins, and monitor oxygen levels.
On Saturday, 8 January, Dad wasn’t feeling worse but he hadn’t improved either. I suggested they contact My Free Doctor or the Front Line Covid Critical Care doctors to inquire about getting some Ivermectin for Dad or visit the Urgent Care. They decided to schedule a same day with their PA, first thing Monday.
Day 1: ER VISIT: On Monday morning, 10 January, Mom said Dad was shaky on his feet. He had little energy and his pulse ox reading was 88 so they went to the UPMC Passavant ER. He was tested for cv, flu and pneumonia, administered iv-fluids, given a breathing treatment, and bullied by the staff regarding the experimental injection.
He was cv-positive and diagnosed with cv-pneumonia so they admitted him to “treat the infection and monitor your breathing”. He was settled into a regular room that evening. My sister spoke with Dad that night and said he told her he was hungry (his nurse was bringing him a cookie), he was feeling better after receiving fluids, and was tired.
Dad & Mom were relieved to see Dad’s pulmonologist, from the past 5 years, was a member of his care team. I was living in Alabama and upon learning Dad was admitted to the hospital, I asked Mom if she needed me to come home. She felt confident that Dad was in good hands and would be home in a day or two.
Day 2 & 3: Dad had a good night but they moved him to the ICU to “monitor his oxygen levels more closely”. Due to the ICU rules, Dad was permitted to have 2 visitors for up to one hour. When mom visited he asked her to take him home.
The next day, Mom reports Dad had another good night but his doctor moved him to a bi-pap. He asked to go home again. There is little communication with Dad during this time because there is no phone in his room and he sent his cell phone home with Mom.
Day 4: On the morning of 13 January, Mom was informed that Dad was agitated and tried removing the bi-pap during the night. They needed to “rest his lungs” so he was ventilated. My Mom & sister visit Dad. He’s vented and sedated but when Mom goes in the room his monitors start beeping. My sister observed that his nurse checked his IV and possibly increased the sedative. I flew out later that afternoon and landed in Pittsburgh by 11PM. While waiting on my flight, I called UPMC from the airport and talked to Dad’s nurse. I inquired about the medications Dad is receiving. He’s not on remdesivir. I asked about Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine. He informed me Dad is not on either medications because there are no FDA-approved cv-treatments. I agreed there are no approved cv-treatments but disagreed that there are no safe & effective treatments for cv. I told him my husband’s cv-pneumonia recovery story and share the medications he received in the Alabama ER. Phil received Ivermectin, Azithromycin, Dexamethasone, a cough expectorant, and Zofran. Dad is receiving Dexamethasone along with his regular prescriptions. His nurse seemed curious about Phil’s recovery and will pass the medication information on to Dad’s care team. I am hopeful and believed his doctors just didn’t know the effective treatments.
Day 5: On Friday, 14 January, Mom & I arrived at the hospital shortly before rounds. We are invited to listen to Dad’s report. I took notes and asked questions. I’m scolded for asking questions during rounds and his doctor will meet with us when he’s done. The nurse takes us to visit with Dad, notified me of the procedures and offered to answer my questions. Mom visited with Dad, the charge nurse provided me with their cv-protocol handout and they answered my questions. Dad’s nurse tells me he received Barcitinib for a few days but isn’t sure why it was stopped. Barcitinib is FDA-approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis but can be repurposed to treat inflammation. (In reviewing Dad’s records, we learn that the Barcitinib was never issued. The order was placed but the start time listed was after the end date for the drug. The order canceled itself out.)
After our hour with Dad, Mom & I waited for his doctor to finish rounds. I read over the hospital cv-protocol and am disappointed to see they will not prescribe any treatments that have been effective (Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, High Dose IV-Vitamins, N-acetylcysteine ~ NAC and others)are on the list. I have since heard that monoclonial antibodies were rationed early January 2022 and patients have to qualify for this treatment now. We later learn the 6mg dose of Dexamethasone, is an anemic dose and probably wasn’t doing much for him either.
Dad’s doctor is on the defensive when he joins us in the waiting area and informs us that “I cannot and will not prescribe Ivermectin for your Dad.” Mom asks me to share my husband’s cv-recovery story and I press him for a medical reason why he can’t prescribe this medication. He doesn’t give us one. Instead, we were told “It’s not the hospital cv-protocol”, they “would lose their license if they prescribe anything not on the protocol”, and they “won’t prescribe anything that could be potentially harmful to a patient”. I asked if there is a prescription drug that could be more harmful than death. We asked him to explain how an inexpensive drug that has been used safely for decades, is a 2x nobel prize winner, and is on the NIH essential medicine list is now harmful to cv-patients. He doesn’t answer and seemed agitated. They’re not even prescribing vitamins and according to Dad’s doctor, “vitamins don’t work”. We still advocate for Vitamin C, Vitamin D and zinc.
We inquired about Hydroxychloroquine and the other effective medications on the list of treatments they will not provide. We asked him to explain how this inexpensive drug that has been used safely for decades by the military and repurposed for patients to treat chronic illnesses is potentially harmful for cv-patients. He can’t. Dad’s doctor insulted my intelligence, informed me that “with every question you ask me and the nurses, you are taking care away from your Dad and the other ICU patients”, and told us to “forget about all the information you researched and spend time with your Dad.” We’re told that, surprisingly, “Gary is handling the vent well because we usually see a steady decline within the first 12 hours.” He also shared that he believes Dad “has a 25% chance of walking out of the hospital.” We ask if his chances of leaving are so low why wouldn’t he try everything possible to save his life?
He tells us “if you want Gary to have any medications not on the protocol you need to file for a court order and hire a nurse to administer the drugs.” I remind him he’s the doctor! He also encourages us to “think about what Gary would want” and he tells us that “as an ICU doctor I would never choose to be vented.” Doctors have prescribed fda-approved medications, off label, for decades, and we know what worked for my husband! As we leave the hospital, Mom and I know we’re up against a system, Dad is in trouble and we have to figure out how to get him effective treatments. Mom agreed but is worried our efforts will impact Dad’s quality of care. Over the next 7 days, we continue to advocate for Dad.
Day 6: Mom and my cousin visited Dad. She is in nursing school. She told us, she prepared for the worst but was surprised to see how well Dad looked; his color was good, vitals were strong, no swelling, and his lungs sounded good. We are hopeful hearing her observations. There are no major changes but Dad is holding on.
Day 7: Mom and my nephew visit Dad today. There are no major changes and Dad is stable.
Day 8: We’re told that Dad’s cv-pneumonia has cleared and he’s dealing with inflammation now. We believed we had found a back door for Ivermectin because it’s an anti-parasitic but also approved for inflammation. Since we were told the cv-pneumonia has cleared we asked his doctor about using Ivermectin again. He informed us, “I already put my neck on the line to prescribe vitamins.” I’m confused, and ask why he would need to put his neck on the line to give my Dad vitamins? He tells us, “it’s not the hospital cv-protocol.” Dad received his vitamins after sitting in the hospital for 7-days. His records show that on the 16th & 17th, he received 2-500mg vitamin c tablets by mouth, daily, while vented. Medical professionals I’ve shared this information with have said it’s not possible for a vented patient to receive medication orally unless it’s in a gastric tube. If this is documented incorrectly, are there other inaccuracies?
Day 9: On 18 January, we learn Dad has a fever and he’s under a cooling blanket. They are running tests and we’re told they’re doing everything they can. In reviewing Dad’s records, today is the day he receives antibiotics for 3-hospital acquired infections.
Day 10: Dad still has a fever and we’re told they’re doing everything they can. However, it feels as if we’re just waiting for him to die.
Day 11: On 20 January, we learn the cause of Dad’s fever. He has 3 hospital acquired infections, one of which is sepsis. My mom tells his doctor about a friend that survived sepsis after receiving dialysis. Mom asks if this is an option for Dad but we’re told “he doesn’t qualify because his kidneys are functioning.” We’re told we “need to consider comfort care and think about what Gary would want.” His doctor encouraged us to take Dad off the vent and let him go. This is the day the rules no longer applied and we’re no longer limited to 1hr visits. Mom & I spend the day with Dad. When we leave the hospital, we pick up my sister, and go back to Mom & Dad’s to discuss the doctor’s report. I tell my husband so he and the kids can make the trip to Pennsylvania. After dinner, my sister and I go back to see Dad. The rules no longer apply.
Day 12: Mom, my sister and I visit Dad. Comfort measures and flipping from prone (on his stomach) to supine (on his back) are the goals on Dad’s white board. Dad is still holding on. During the time we’re there we infuse him with peace, love, and light. Dad is stable. We leave for lunch, drop my sister home and head back to Mom & Dad’s. Mom has 2 messages from the hospital. She calls and learns that Dad’s vitals have been unstable. He’s stable now but they will call if there are any other changes. The doctor asks for a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate). He explains that Dad’s infections have caused damage beyond repair and performing CPR would only cause more. We don’t want Dad suffering and Mom agrees. When Mom hangs up she says, “We have to go back.” I already knew. We make calls on the way to the hospital.
We visit with Dad. Time passes. My Aunt & Uncle are standing in the hallway. I step out since my Aunt is with my Mom. I make some calls to update family…time passes…Mom messages me to get back to the room. As I make my way down the hall, I watch Dad’s monitor flatline. It’s 8:28pm, my Dad’s heart stopped. The first man I ever loved has left his earthly body. His nurse tells me he’s gone. I’m numb. My heart has shattered into a billion pieces. I hug Mom. I call my sister. I call my husband.
We’re able to stay as long as we want. The monitors are disconnected and Dad’s doctor comes in. He hugs Mom and offers condolences. I must have been invisible because he doesn’t say a word to me. He’s standing across the bed and HE DOESN’T EVEN LOOK AT ME!!! I’m too numb to say anything but I know, and believe he does also, that Dad’s blood is on his hands! He leaves. Shortly after, we’re talking with his nurse. Dad’s monitor beeps 3x and his nurse looks confused. She disconnected everything so she’s not sure why it’s beeping. Then it happens again…3x. Mom says, “He’s telling us I LOVE YOU.” In our family, 3 squeezes of a hand is a secret way to say “I Love You”.
In the days after Dad’s death, we learn that Dad’s medical record portal is no longer accessible. We also receive a letter from UPMC Passavant expressing their condolences, informing us Dad had a lower respiratory tract infection, and “In a commitment to transparency” they’re offering to answer any questions we may have. We have questions and upon reaching out, learn that the letter we received is the “Infection Letter” required by Pennsylvania Law. It’s to notify us of the hospital acquired infections that Dad had. I’m confused because the letter made no mention of the “3 Hospital-Acquired Infections”. We learned about Dad’s infections from his doctor after being under their care for 11 days. In a commitment to transparency, they failed to mention any hospital-acquired infections in their “Infection Letter.”
This leads to more questions now but the representative is happy to answer what she can and offers to get answers if she doesn’t know. After a few days, I contact the hospital again. The lady I spoke with initially is on vacation so I seek answers from the new representative. She’s helpful, positive and willing to help. She provides the pa.gov website to assist with some of my answers and will call me back. When she follows-up, we both agree that the site is not user friendly and have difficulty in finding information. Some questions are left unanswered but I’ll follow-up within the week. When I follow-up again, I’m connected with the original representative so I reintroduce myself and let her know I’m calling in regards to my family’s questions. She informs me that “I was told not to call you back or answer your questions because they were already answered.” I’m shocked and surprised to hear this and tell her I haven’t talked to anyone. She was under the impression I had spoken with her supervisor. I let her know that’s not the case, request her supervisor’s contact information, and thank her for her time.
Upon calling her supervisor, I was informed that a letter was sent to my Mom. Furthermore, my questions were addressed, and there’s nothing else they can do for us. I ask her to share the contents of the letter. It explained testing and safety trials for medications. How their expert panel of researchers and scientists determine their hospital protocol. She reiterates that they won’t “give anything potentially harmful to patients.” I express concerns over their “commitment to transparency” while also having a “lack of transparency” with their “Infection letter”. I shared my husband’s ivermectin recovery and conversations that were had with Dad’s doctor. I was told certain conversations didn’t happen and she apologizes that his care team didn’t explain things better. I inform her that things were clear and we understand that the hospital placed profit over patient lives, their protocol suppressed safe and effective treatments, and my Dad’s blood is on their hands.
I never imagined this would be my family’s reality; Dad was an Army Veteran, loving husband of 52 years, father, beloved Pappap to 5 grandchildren, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a gentle giant and one of the best guys in the universe.
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