“The evidence we’ve gathered shows that Dr. Dake conducted unproven, high-risk procedures on his patients to address a hypothetical condition that numerous medical experts either questioned or did not believe existed,” said McGuinn. “Dr. Dake did not advise his patients of the fact that CCSVI was only a theory based on an unproven hypothesis or that there were significant and potentially life-threatening risks associated with the procedure he wanted to perform on them. In Mr. Zahn’s case, Dr. Dake implanted five stents into the neck of a man who did not even have multiple sclerosis and who had expressly asked the doctor not to do so.”
Dake also inserted four stents into Wittwer’s veins in 2009...Wittwer underwent two separate stenting surgeries. The stents have not improved his symptoms, and one has become completely blocked, or occluded, increasing his long-term health risks. The stents also cause chronic pain, sleeping problems, and lingering fear that others will become blocked or migrate to his heart – potentially fatal complications.
According to the complaint, Dake did not warn plaintiffs Zahn and Wittwer of the serious, life-threatening risks of his experiments. He also failed to tell them that stents are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat CCSVI.
And the following is just sickening:
Zahn repeatedly told Dake that he did not want stents. Nonetheless, during the procedure Dake increased the level of Zahn’s sedation until he was essentially unconscious, and then turned the planned 30-minute diagnostic venogram into a five-hour surgery, placing five stents in Zahn’s jugular and azygos veins.
IMO, this is what makes what Dake did so egregious.
I would like to know how Dake was able to find his unwitting participants. Did he pose as an MSer here or on facebook in order to troll for likely victims? Or did he place ads online? I know that Robert Trossel put an ad in a UK MS magazine offering unapproved stem cell treatments.
Wittwer and Zahn hope to stop this from happening again, and to help raise awareness so that other patients can make informed decisions about undergoing experimental procedures.
Wittwer and Zahn should be commended for speaking out against doctors who take advantage of vulnerable MSers. I hope that they get the justice they seek and so deserve.