Court intervenes so Albion woman gets Covid treatment

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 January 2021 at 11:03 am

Sue Dickinson showing improvement after experimental medicine

Courtesy of Dickinson family: Robert and Glenna “Sue” Dickinson are shown together in this photo. Both have contracted Covid-19, with Sue currently in intensive care, but improving at a Rochester hospital.

ALBION – An Albion woman with Covid-19 is improving at a Rochester hospital after a court ordered for her to be able to have an experimental treatment.

Glenna “Sue” Dickinson’s family is grateful for the actions of  State Supreme Court Justice Frank Caruso, local physician Tom Madejski and The Law Office of Ralph C. Lorigo.

Sue Dickinson, 65, tested positive for Covid on Jan. 7. After her oxygen levels fell and she struggled to breathe, she was admitted to Rochester General Hospital on Jan. 12. She continued to decline and was put on a ventilator on Jan. 17.

She didn’t get better and the medical staff told her family they had exhausted options and Dickinson had a 40 percent chance of survival.

Natalie Kingdollar, Dickinson’s daughter, was sent a copy of a Buffalo News story about an 80-year-old Cheektowaga woman, where State Supreme Court Justice Henry Nowak ordered Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital on Jan. 8 to continue treatment with Ivermectin.

That woman was on a ventilator and then improved and has been released from the hospital.

Sue Dickinson

Kingdollar and her family wanted Dickinson to have that treatment option. Kingdollar reached out to Dr. Tom Madejski, Dickinson’s physician, who wrote a prescription for Ivermectin after seeing success with some of his other patients.

RGH objected to giving it to Dickinson. That hospital didn’t use Ivermectin in treating Covid patients.

But with Dickinson not responding to the treatment at RGH, her family wanted to try Ivermectin.

Kingdollar saw the Lorigo law firm represented the Cheektowaga woman in her case seeking treatment. The family reached out to Lorigo and that office filed the court order.

Judge Caruso ruled last week for Dicksinson to be treated with Ivermectin, citing Madejski’s affidavit in support of the medicine.

“We are so thankful for Dr. Madejski,” Kingdollar said. “He was instrumental in getting my mother the medicine.”

The family twice has delivered doses to RGH. Dickinson has improved oxygen levels, better kidney function and has been completely weaned off of a paralytic, Kingdollar said. Her mother remains in critical condition but is now stable.

“She’s making progress each day and it’s Ivermectin and God making this happen,” Kingdollar posted on Facebook.

During an interview last night, Kingdollar said the family hired an attorney and pursued the court action to “cut through the red tape” so her mother could take Ivermectin, after not responding to the other treatment.

The case has been covered in the Rochester and Buffalo media, and Kingdollar said the family and Lorigo’s office are getting inquiries around the country and world.

The family didn’t want the media attention. They just wanted their mother to have a better chance at overcoming Covid, Kingdollar said.

“My mother was a full-of-life woman who was very active in the day-to-day activities of her grandchildren,” Kingdollar said. “She was just starting to enjoy retirement.”

Sue contracted Covid soon after her husband Robert got it. He also was very sick with Covid, but didn’t develop the Covid pneumonia like his wife.

The family has established a GoFundMe account to help cover medical and legal bills. Click here for more information.