99-year-old woman on the way to recovery after taking experimental drug for coronavirus: Report

Here’s a bit of wonderful news about the coronavirus for a change.

A 99-year-old Arkansas woman who took the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 is on her way to recovery from the disease, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday. The family of Little Rock resident Evelyn Rand is relieved that she is in “outstanding” condition, and they reportedly credit the drug with saving her life.

Chloroquine saves a life?

Rand was one of the first 38 people to catch the virus at the Briarwood Nursing Home, according to the outlet THV-11, which first reported the news. Her family was shaken, but Rand’s granddaughter stepped in to advocate for her life.

Ashley McConnell pushed for Rand to be treated through the Right to Try Act, a law Trump signed in 2018 that allows patients to receive experimental, potentially life-saving treatments. Rand was given hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that is being used by some doctors to treat COVID-19.

“We did ask for them to exercise the Right to Try Act based on what had been used in other countries,” McConnell told THV-11, according to the Examiner. “Which, for this case, it was hydroxychloroquine. So she was started on a five-day dose of monotherapy.”

Now, doctors say that Rand is heading for “full recovery.” An ecstatic McConnell credits hydroxychloroquine for saving Rand’s life, and she’s looking forward to celebrating her grandmother’s 100th birthday.

“Those patients that have recovered, you know, that’s going to bring so much hope to people. That’s what we want to hear right now,” McConnell said, according to THV-11.

New drug shows promise

This story makes for a hopeful contrast with a tragic reality unfolding around the country — and in many nursing homes, including Briarwood, where four people have died since March. The New York Times reports that coronavirus is thought to have killed thousands of nursing home residents since it was first known to be spreading through America in February, when it started ravaging elderly care facilities in the Seattle area.

There are now nearly 35,000 total fatalities from the disease in America, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. The true number of coronavirus deaths may be unknown, however, since, according to Forbes, it is believed that people who are dying in their homes and in nursing homes are not yet being accounted for.

The grim toll of the coronavirus has Americans looking for hope with various drug therapies, and the one most mentioned is hydroxychloroquine, thanks to the president’s aggressive advocacy of it. Experts think it is only “anecdotally” effective and that there is no scientific proof that it works, something those in the media never tire of repeating as they push back against Trump’s optimistic messaging.

There have indeed been anecdotal reports of people saying that the drug saved their life, including a Democratic state lawmaker from Michigan, who crossed party lines and thanked Trump, The Hill reported.

But that “anecdotal” evidence is significant. Every one of those “anecdotes” is a life saved. If the media had a heart, or any faith, they’d pay more attention to stories like this.

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