(PresidentialWire.Com)- State Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Democrat from Michigan, recently said that the actions of President Donald Trump saved her life. Whitsett was referring to the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug that is widely considered to be an effective treatment for the Chinese coronavirus.
It has also been touted by President Trump as a potential treatment and has advocated its use in the fight against COVID-19.
Whitsett was diagnosed with the Chinese virus late in March, according to The Detroit Free Press, but claimed to start feeling relief from the symptoms two hours after taking the drug. The pill was prescribed by her doctor after she and her husband sought medical advice after they developed symptoms related to the virus.
Rep. Whitsett said she struggled breathing, had pain that felt like a sinus infection, swollen lymph nodes, and persistent headaches. She claims she had learned about the possible effects of taking hydroxychloroquine after previously battling Lyme disease, but said she wouldn’t have thought about asking her doctor for it if the president hadn’t endorsed it so heavily.
“It has a lot to do with the president bringing it up,” she said. “He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority.”
When asked if she believes the president saved her life, she wasn’t reluctant to say yes.
“Yes, I do. I do thank him for that,” she said.
On Monday, the president congratulated Whitsett for her recovery.
Congratulations to State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan. So glad you are getting better! https://t.co/v6z46rUDtg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2020
“Congratulations to State Representative Karen Whitsett of Michigan,” he said. “So glad you are getting better!”
The president has praised the use of the drug, as well as others like azithromycin, for the treatment of this new virus. Studies from Europe have shown that they can significantly reduce symptoms or even cure people, but full tests are yet to be performed in the United States.
On March 21, President Trump said that a combination of azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine “have a chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains – Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents)…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2020
Could it be that these drugs really could help people overcome this disease?