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Doctor who was suspended for promoting ivermectin for COVID-19 quits her position at hospital: 'I have broken free'

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Dr. Mary Bowden, the Texas doctor who was suspended from practicing at Houston Methodist Hospital for defending ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment, has resigned from her position at the facility.

What are the details?

Bowden, an otolaryngologist, previously made headlines for taking to her private social media channels to slam vaccine mandates and defend the viability of ivermectin as a possible treatment for COVID-19 patients.

Following her remarks, a spokesperson for Houston Methodist announced her suspension for spreading what it said was "dangerous information" surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and "using her social media accounts to express her personal and political opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments."

Bowden tweeted Monday night, "I have broken free from Methodist and very much appreciate the flood of support I have received! Sincere thanks to all of you who have reached out with kind words."

According to a Wednesday report from NBC News, a spokesperson for the hospital confirmed that the facility received Bowden's resignation letter.

What else?

Bowden's attorney, Steve Mitby, told the outlet on Monday that the physician is "not peddling disinformation" and as a Stanford University-trained physician has 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. "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."

Bowden previously told CBS News that she only learned that the hospital suspended her when media outlets began reaching out to her for confirmation on the news.

"No one from Methodist bothered to pick up the phone and talk to me about their concerns," she announced. "I've been very disappointed with how Methodist has handled this."

"I don't consider myself dangerous, and I submitted my letter of resignation to them this morning," Bowden added. "I have been overwhelmed by the positive support I've received from my patients and from people around the world thanking me for standing up for my beliefs. This will not alter my practice and I will continue to treat COVID early and aggressively."

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