Dr. Mary Bowden, who was previously suspended from Houston Methodist Hospital for spreading what the hospital said was "misinformation" surrounding COVID-19 and who later quit her job there, is suing the hospital, the Texan reported.
What are the details?
Bowden, a private-practice otolaryngologist, promoted ivermectin as a viable COVID-19 treatment in 2020 — a move with which her employers took grave issue.
She announced the lawsuit on Monday and in a press conference said that she is demanding data from the hospital on the effects of COVID-19 vaccines along with financial reports.
During the conference announcing the pending litigation, Bowden said, "Medical freedom has been hijacked by hospitals, big pharma, insurance companies, and the federal agencies."
Bowden added that she and investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino requested the information contained in the lawsuit in November and December, but the hospital reportedly did not respond.
The outlet reported that the suit — which was filed in state district court on Monday — is requesting "financial documents detailing all revenue generated at the hospital throughout he COVID-19 vaccination program, including details about reimbursements or payments from government, insurance companies, and patients." The suit is also requesting information about "any financial arrangements with pharmaceutical companies for COVID-19 treatments."
Bowden's suit also states that the hospital should make public the number of all recently admitted COVID-19 patients who were fully vaccinated and how many employees are experiencing breakthrough infections.
Bowden also pointed to the hospital's 2019's assets — which reportedly totaled approximately $4 billion — and said that the public is entitled to know how those assets have increased after 2019 and amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"I want to make this clear," she said during the conference. "I'm not seeking any financial gains from this or personal gain, I'm simply seeking the truth, which we all deserve."
Attorney Steve Mitby, who is representing Bowen, said that he fully expects that he and his client will receive the records.
"It's state law," he insisted.
Bowden added, “We all know that early COVID treatment works, it saves lives, and I’m not going to be silenced, intimidated, or bullied by Houston Methodist, Houston Chronicle, or anyone else who wants to target physicians that question the narrative.”
In November, Mitby said that Bowden had never peddled disinformation, as a Stanford University-trained physician who has had vast experience in treating coronavirus patients.
“She is helping her patients, through a combination of monoclonal antibodies and other drugs, to recover from COVID. Dr. Bowden's proactive treatment has saved lives and prevented hospitalizations," he said at the time. "Dr. Bowden also is not anti-vaccine as she has been falsely portrayed. Dr. Bowden has opposed vaccine mandates, especially when required by the government. That is not the same as opposing vaccines."
A Houston Methodist spokesperson declined to comment when approached by the Texan for its report.
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