AN ECSTATIC Ben Carson has profusely thanked President Donald Trump for 'saving' him from coronavirus.Good pals Ben Carson with President Donald TrumpCredit: Getty Images - Getty The men have known each other for years, and Carson praised Trump for 'saving' him during his illnessCredit: Reuters
In early November it was confirmed that the medical doctor and former practicing neurosurgeon had contracted the bug.
And today he explained on Facebook that he has turned the corner in his battle against the disease, which has claimed over 250,000 lives in the US.
Carson explained that he and author wife Candy had both been 'battling' Covid-19 for the past fortnight.
"I was extremely sick and initially took oleander four times with dramatic improvement," he said.
Carson was referring to oleander extract, which has not been approved for such use by the FDA and which experts warn could be dangerous, reports the Daily Mail.Ben Carson speaking at a campaign rally for Trump on October 30, in Waterford, MichiganCredit: Getty Images - Getty
He said on November 9: "Thankfully I have access to a very powerful therapeutic, so I was only sick for a very short period of time and I am already back to working, albeit virtually. I will be quarantining for a few days just to be safe. God is good!"
However, the symptoms apparently returned with a vengeance.
Carson explained today: "I have several co-morbidities and after a brief period when I only experienced minor discomfort, the symptoms accelerated and I became desperately ill.
"President Trump was following my condition and cleared me for the monoclonal antibody therapy that he had previously received, which I am convinced saved my life."
One of a raft of experimental Covid-19 drugs is monoclonal antibodies, which are manufactured copies of human antibodies to the virus.
The injected antibodies are designed to begin fighting the virus immediately and are being developed to prevent and treat Covid-19.
President Trump... saved my life.
Trump, of course, was given these after he and his wife Melania tested positive for coronavirus during the presidential election.
Carson added: "President Trump, the fabulous White House medical team, and the phenomenal doctors at Walter Reed have been paying very close attention to my health and I do believe I am out of the woods at this point.
"I am hopeful that we can stop playing politics with medicine and instead combine our efforts and goodwill for the good of all people.
"While I am blessed to have the best medical care in the world (and I am convinced it saved my life), we must prioritize getting comparable treatments and care to everyone as soon as possible."
Carson also wrote on Facebook: "There are a number of promising treatments that need to be tested, approved, and distributed so that the economy can be re-opened and we can all return to a semblance of normalcy."President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus disease flanked by Ben Carson and Anthony Fauci at the White House Credit: Reuters Trump holds an African American History Month listening sessionCredit: Getty - Pool US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonCredit: Getty Images - Getty
He also urged patience in securing a safe vaccine for the disease.
"People should recognize that there are a number of defined steps that legally have to be taken before vaccines are released to the public.
"And trying to cause alarm by saying dangerous shortcuts were taken only serves to stoke fear. Together we will be victorious," Carson added.
Although experts have said that the first doses of a vaccine will be available to the most high-risk groups by the end of December, it will likely be months until there is widespread rollout.
Carson's post received more than 39,000 comments, and was shared over 48,000 times on Facebook.
A relieved Melanie Philip responded: "I am so happy to hear you and the wife have won this round with Covid.
"President Trump came through for you and I had no doubt in my mind he would do whatever he could."
However, Hayley Quinones said: "You refused to use the required guidelines... wearing a mask and social distancing... you caught the virus and most likely spread it to others.Ben Carson updates the public about his health
"Then when you became seriously sick you received medications that most of the population can not obtain.
"Great for you, but what about all the people you spread the virus who cannot get those medications?
"Maybe start thinking of others and follow guidelines. Your behavior is revolting but glad you are doing well."
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