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Media Caught with False Claim of Hospital Turning away Gunshot Victims to Care for Ivermectin Overdoses

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All day Friday and Saturday, left-wing media sources were pumping up their fans by “reporting” that an Oklahoma hospital had been forced to turn away gunshot victims because it was jammed with people overdosing on ivermectin. But by Sunday, the story was debunked as fake news.

Liberals have been attacking ivermectin by calling it a “horse deworming” medicine that is toxic for humans. Their reason for attacking the drug is because some have begun using it to recover faster from the coronavirus or prevent it from incapacitating those with the virus.

Whatever the use for the drug, leftists have made it a political issue, so when an Oklahoma doctor came out to claim that gunshot victims are being turned away because crazed Trump supporters are overdosing on ivermectin, the story was ready made for leftists looking for a political attack.

The left’s new hero, Dr. Jason McElyea, told KFOR-TV that, “the [emergency rooms] are so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting to facilities where they can get definitive care and be treated” because people with COVID-19 are allegedly overdosing on ivermectin.

The story was too good to check for the leftist media.

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The usual, fake news media went mad for the story. Democrats immediately began pushing the fake news and then the mainstream media outlets picked it up, including the New York Times (which linked to KFOR’s story), The Hill (which later deleted its story), Newsweek, The Guardian, Insider, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, and dozens more.

But by Sunday, the whole story fell apart. It turns out that the claim is simply false and the doctor who made the claim doesn’t even work for the hospital system in question.

The hospital system release a statement debunking Dr. McElyea’s wild claims.

Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room. With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months.

NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose.

All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care. We want to reassure our community that our staff is working hard to provide quality healthcare to all patients. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify this issue and as always, we value our community’s support.

Hospital administrator Stephanie Six also said that the overdoses story is hogwash.

“We at NHS-Sequoyah have not seen or had any patients in our ER or hospital with ivermectin overdose,” Six said. “We have not had any patients with complaints or issues related to ivermectin.”

“I can’t speak for what he has witnessed at other facilities but this in not true for ours,” she explained. “We certainly have not turned any patients away due to an overload of ivermectin related cases. All patients who have come into our ER have been treated as appropriate.”

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In other words, the whole story is garbage and the left pushed it for two days without once doublechecking to see if their doctor source was telling the truth.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.