Remember the Woman Who Fed Her Husband Fish Tank Cleaner and He Died? There's More to the Story

President Donald Trump feeds Koi fish as Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson second from right, watch during a stop at a Koi pond during a visit to the Akasaka Palace, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Tokyo. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

Most of us remember hearing the story ten days ago about a married couple in Arizona who accidentally ingested fish tank cleaner because it was called “chloroquine” phosphate, a name similar to the anti-viral drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. President Trump had been touting these drugs earlier in the week as a possible cure or preventative for the coronavirus. Obviously, the chemicals were quite different. Chloroquine phosphate, which they used to clean their koi pond, was “an ingredient listed on a parasite treatment for fish.”

The woman told NBC, “I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?'”

She and her husband were “both in their 60s and potentially at higher risk for complications of the virus.” She said, “We were afraid of getting sick.”

According to NBC News, hoping to stave off a coronavirus infection, the couple each poured a teaspoon of this chemical into their sodas. They began feeling poorly within 20 minutes and called 911. The husband died shortly after they’d arrived at the hospital. The wife, who was initially in critical condition, survived.

Naturally, the media blamed Trump for what happened. He was criticized for talking about a drug that hadn’t been approved by the FDA for the treatment of coronavirus.

There have been some new developments in the case. Techno Fog is the Twitter handle of a widely followed, but anonymous, lawyer who has been tracking the story. Below, he shares information he has learned from court documents.

Techno Fog writes that the wife, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a history of mental illness, including paranoia, depression, anxiety, and anger. Her doctor had written alcohol abuse on her chart as well, but the woman denied it.

In 2012, she told her psychiatrist she had considered divorcing her husband.

She takes three pills every night so she can remain asleep, including Ambien and valium. If she wakes up in the middle of the time, she is told to take additional valium.

Techno Fog notes that “her familiarity with medication doesn’t exactly fit the profile of someone who would mix fish cleaner with soda.”

The media was quick to blame Trump for this incident, but there’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye.

Read the thread:

Elizabeth Vaughn
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