38-year-old Jim Santilli says he is ‘living proof’ that a combination of malaria drugs and antibiotics will save people’s lives that are sick with Covid-19. The pandemic has claimed thousands of lives around the world but maybe his story will be a turning point in the fight.
Santilli says he became seriously ill on Wednesday March 18th at his Macomb County, Michigan home with severe cardiac and respiratory issues. He went to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and the doctors immediately tested him for Covid-19 and admitted him to the hospital.
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During a Saturday interview with syndicated TV and Radio Host Steve Gruber, Santilli said the biggest problem was waiting for test results that took four days to come back. In the meantime his condition worsened by the hour and he thought he was going to die.
The doctors are restricted in what they can do Santilli explained until they have a result because some treatments, like using steroids can actually make the Covid-19 situation even worse.
By Saturday morning however his situation had become grave. Santilli says he was slowly drowning and was convinced he “would not live until midnight.” That’s when Doctors made a decision he says changed everything.
An infectious disease physician decided to try an ‘off label treatment’ by combining the malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic Azithromycin in combination. The same combination promoted by President Trump in recent days.
Within a few hours he says he started to come back and suddenly had hope that he could beat the illness. “I am living proof that this worked!” Santilli, who is now recovering at home said. There is no question he says the combination of drugs saved his life and he praised President Trump for making everyone aware of the possibility. In fact, after getting his first dose on Saturday he was able to leave the hospital on Tuesday after receiving just four days of the medications.
“Donald Trump recommending that medication combination saved my life and a lot of other people’s lives”, Santilli proclaimed!
When asked about Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issuing a statewide ban this week on doctors using the drug combo Santilli said, it is a terrible decision on her part and added ominously, “She is sentencing people to death.” This is not a time to be playing politics when people’s lives are at stake.
Santilli added that he isn’t the only one that is alive because of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin either. He said the medical staff told him other patients were also responding well to the treatment and their lives are also being saved.
He noted that New York is buying the same drugs to deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic in their state.
Hear the entire Jim Santilli interview here.
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