Last month, Detroit Democrat Representative Karen Whitsett announced that she tested positive for COVID-19.
She was in the hospital and things were looking serious.
But because of President Trump’s statements that hydroxychloroquine could potentially work against COVID-19, Whitsett and her doctor decided to give it a try.
Now, Whitsett is recovered and doing well.
She issued a statement thanking President Trump for touting the potential benefits of hydroxychloroquine, which is being vetted through multiple clinical trials across the country.
“I wouldn’t be here today to even have this conversation,” Whitsett told Trump.
What a powerful testimony!
More details on Whitsett’s recovery and her meeting with President Trump below:
Today, President Trump and Karen Whitsett were able to meet in the White House, where Whitsett credited the president's daily press briefings for saving her life.
During the daily pressers, Trump has repeatedly talked about the potential benefits from hydroxychloroquine.
A video shows them sitting approximately 6 feet apart for good measure, though Whitsett has fully recovered.
Breitbart has more details on the heart-warming meeting:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday met with recovered coronavirus patients at the White House.
State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan, who credited President Trump for her treatment with hydroxychloroquine, met with the president as well as other patients from California, Michigan, and Arkansas.
“I was afraid for my life,” Whitsett said, noting that the hospitals surrounding her were full, and added, “I honestly felt like I was going to die.”
She said she was particularly concerned about her life, as she had chronic Lyme disease when she contracted the virus, but took hydroxychloroquine and felt better.
“Thank you for everything that you have done. I did not know that saying thank you had a political line,” she said. “I thought just saying thank you meant, thank you.”
Trump said that he wanted Whitsett to visit his personal White House physician to get advice for curing her Lyme disease.
Whitsett said she was not telling everyone what to do but wanted to share her story.
“I’m telling my story and my truth,” she said.
Trump joked that Whitsett probably was not going to vote for Joe Biden for president.
“Well I’m not going to speak for her, but I don’t see her vomiting for sleepy Joe Biden,” Trump said. “I’m not going to ask that question.”
Last week, the president cited her case on Twitter as a symbol of hope for coronavirus patients around the United States.
Indeed, while the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly scary and serious, Whitsett's story reminds us that there is always hope in darkness.
While hydroxychloroquine may have saved Whitsett's life, there are many in the media that are criticizing President Trump's touting of the anti-malarial drug.
Democratic leaders also appear to be content downplaying the progress being made against the pandemic.
However, there are now countless cases where hydroxychloroquine was the difference between life and death.
An international survey of over 6,000 doctors from 33 countries revealed that hydroxychloroquine was the preferred treatment of choice for most doctors.
There are clinical trials currently happening to provide enough data to confirm whether or not the anti-malarial drug works against the novel coronavirus.
Politico reports that FEMA has shipped out almost 20 million hydroxychloroquine tablets to the hardest hit cities across the nation:
The Strategic National Stockpile has sent out 19.1 million tablets of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug that some doctors have prescribed to Covid-19 patients, a spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed. The tablets, sent out in two shipments, are heading to cities around the country.
About 10.1 million are going to the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, as well as Washington, D.C.; Baton Rouge; St. Louis; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Miami; Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Houston and Pittsburgh.
Another shipment, of 9 million tablets, is headed for Detroit, New Orleans, New York City and Chicago, according to the spokesperson.
Those last four cities — particularly New York — have been hit hard by the pandemic. Others slated to receive the medication have fewer cases but may face upticks. Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, has fewer than 900 cases, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. And Milwaukee County has fewer than 2,000, per its county government. Miami-Dade County, meanwhile, has 7,555 confirmed cases of the illness, according to the Miami Herald. And Cook County in Illinois has had more than 15,000 cases, per the county’s Department of Public Health.
Erin Fox, senior director of Drug Information and Support Services at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, said most courses of hydroxychloroquine treatment for Covid-19 take 12 to 14 tablets. So the shipments will cover treatment for about 1.4 million patients.
It is critical that leaders protect the patient's right to choose.
The choice of whether or not to try hydroxychloroquine must be between each individual patient and their physician. They have the right to weigh the pros and cons and make that decision for themselves.
Many Democrats have attempted to ban the use of hydroxychloroquine in their states, only to reverse their initial decisions.
Perhaps they should listen and observe the science, rather than making pre-emptive political moves.