A video shows a man of 75, struggling to breathe due to COVID-19, was coaxed to leave hospital by an anti-vaxxer. He died days later, say reports
Clinicians work on intubating a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 10, 2021. Mario Tama / Getty Images
Joe McCarron, 75, died of COVID-19 after being persuaded by anti-Vaxxers to leave the hospital.
A video shows an anti-Vaxxer telling McCarron that hospitalization would kill him.
Two days after his departure, McCarron was taken back to the hospital and died the next day.
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A 75-year-old man in Ireland has died of COVID-19 after anti-Vaxxers convinced him to leave the hospital against medical advice, the Irish Mirror reported.
A video posted on social media shows Joe McCarron, treated in intensive care at a Donegal hospital, being persuaded to leave him by Italian citizen Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu.
Mureddu, a member of the so-called Freedom on the Land movement, filmed the video and posted it on his Telegram channel.
In the video, Mureddu tells the frail McCarron, "Put your pants on, my friend. We're going home. You're safe."
A paramedic tells Mureddu that what he's doing is wrong and that he is putting McCarron's life at risk by getting him out of the hospital.
"You have the right to choose what to do, but I don't think what he's saying is right," the paramedic tells McCarron, who is breathing heavily in a wheelchair.
"You can barely breathe now. We want you to stay to help you," says the paramedic.
"If you stay here, they'll fucking kill you, Joe," interjects Mureddu.
The paramedic continues pleading with McCarron, telling him that his best chance of survival is to stay in the hospital.
Mureddu insists that the doctors lie about the severity of the older man's condition before changing course and saying it would be better for McCarron to die at home than in a hospital.
"These people are lying, so let's go home now, my friend," Mureddu told McCarron.
"It is better if he dies in the house than to die in here. He will die with us," says Mureddu.
During the exchange, McCarron is mostly silent before finally agreeing to go with the Italian activist.
After leaving the hospital on Tuesday, McCarron's condition worsened and he was returned to the hospital two days later, the Irish Mirror reported.
McCarron died in hospital on Friday morning, the newspaper said.
Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu, who lives in Galway, is a far-right activist who once wanted to organize rallies in Ireland in support of the right-wing Italian party Lega Nord.
Mureddu claimed McCarron contacted him on his Telegram channel asking him to help him exit the hospital.
He frequently publishes news criticizing bans and vaccination and masking requirements, and describes in a video his attempts to travel from Ireland to France without a vaccine, mask or PCR test.
Ireland Taoiseach Micheál Martin criticized the anti-Vaxxer for encouraging McCarron to leave the hospital, the Irish Mirror reported.
"If you get it (COVID-19) you should take it very seriously," Martin said.
"Of course, it is outrageous that someone misinformedly advises people to leave the hospital. That puts that person's health at risk."
The newspaper reported that a family spokesman said McCarron's wife, Una, wanted to apologize to the hospital staff for what had happened.
"Una would like to thank the staff and apologize for the actions of Joe's so-called ruthless friends earlier this week," said the spokesman.
"You have not helped Joe's recovery in any way. We encourage everyone to take proper medical advice."
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