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EXCLUSIVE: Ivermectin Patient Defends Dr. Mary Talley Bowden on Texas Medical Board Charges
Sheriff Deputy Jason Jones wife says Texas hospital killed her husband, not COVID-19, and praises Bowden for trying to save his life
If you’re new here, read my exclusive series about Texas Dr. Mary Talley Bowden prescribing ivermectin to Sheriff Deputy Jason Jones after he got COVID by starting here:
Texas doctor will only treat unvaccinated, denied hospital privileges for prescribing Ivermectin (EXCLUSIVE, Part 1)
Dr. Mary Talley Bowden is defending her medical license for prescribing ivermectin at a Texas hospital, even though the patient’s family praises her care.
“I'm super proud of Dr. Bowden for standing up for ivermectin,” Erin Jones, the widow of Sheriff Deputy Jason Jones, told me in an interview after the Texas Medical Board (TMB) filed formal complaints against the physician.
Erin, a mother of six, said that she now feels guilty for bringing Bowden into her fight to save her husband, a career law enforcement officer. “She was the only doctor who felt that ivermectin could help,” Erin said. “Now I know there are a lot more doctors that think the way she does.”
In 2021, Erin asked Bowden to prescribe ivermectin to her husband when he was unconscious. Jason got COVID and was put into the hospital against his will, intubated, ventilated and left hanging upside down to die.
Erin blames Texas Health Huguley Hospital, which filed the TMB complaint against Bowden, for mistreating her husband’s COVID and for his eventual death in April.
“I am very appreciative of her for even stepping up to the plate, and trying and putting everything on the line,” said Erin of Bowden, who has treated over 5,500 COVID patients.
Bowden Under Fire
Bowden expected the medical board complaint to be formalized after she refused to accept a settlement offer and plead guilty.
The doctor has been targeted with media hit pieces in the past week-- The Houston Chronicle and “MedPage” which she describes as The Washington Post of healthcare. She said the media onslaught “doesn’t feel fair”, but she’s not surprised because ivermectin is such a “controversial topic and so politicized.”
“I would do it all over again,” Bowden told me. “That's why I'm being very public about this— because I am certain I did nothing ethically wrong. I was fighting for [Jones] as best I could. And it's a way I'd want a doctor to fight for me or to fight for one of my family members.”
Charged for Telehealth
The central medical board complaint (see it at the bottom) against Bowden is that she prescribed the drug without examining the patient and didn’t have hospital privileges. She applied for them, but the hospital fought her in court.
Bowden had a nurse take the prescribed medication to the hospital. The hospital called the police to stop the nurse from entering. (Read the dramatic hourly updates from that night in this story.)
“It just really pisses me off, this whole thing of us being remote,” Erin said.
“They are saying to Dr. Bowden, ‘You never laid eyes on them. You never did this, this, and this.’ What the hell are they doing now? They’re all doing telehealth visits. So what difference did it make?”
Erin said that when Jason was in the hospital, he was moved to five different hospital rooms within ICU so they could install cameras to have the doctors monitor him.
“This is how [Texas Health Huguley doctors] treat patients -- by looking at them through a screen,” said Erin. “I could have put him on video, and Dr. Bowden could have looked at him. That's basically the same thing that they were doing.”
Hospital COVID Protocol
“I know it wasn't COVID that took him. It was the very first doctor -- Doctor Seiden. He already did the damage to Jason's body,” said Erin. She said that she reached out to Bowden after Seiden gave Jason a less than 1% chance of survival.
Erin started to cry on the phone when she told me she was recently looking through Jason’s phone to go back to every medical decision she made for her husband.
“The only thing I would change— with the knowledge I have now— is doing more that week that he was in that hospital room before he got thrown in the ICU. I definitely wouldn't have kept him there. Of course, it's all hindsight.”
COVID Health Care Lessons
Erin told me last year that she secretly applied topical ivermectin along with frankincense and other over-the-counter remedies.
“I guess it was just all hope, really. It just prolonged him a little bit longer. And we were able to have a few good months at home with him,” said Erin of her last-ditch efforts.
“But overall, the damage from the first doctor was already done. So no matter what I would have done— what anybody else would have done— I think it was inevitable and was going to happen regardless.”
I asked Bowden why she thinks this case has gotten so much attention.
“There are so many people out there that felt hopeless and helpless during COVID and ignored and mistreated. There are very few doctors that see their perspective,” she said. “So I think that's pretty basic— it's just acknowledging the large number of people that were really mistreated during the pandemic.”
Bowden’s medical board hearing for the complaints from Texas Health Huguley and Houston Methodist over her position against vaccine mandates will not be until April 2024. She has started a fundraiser at GiveSendGo for legal fees to do extensive discovery on the finances of the two hospitals.
Erin told me that Jason’s name will be put on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. during police week in May 2024.
Why do you think the hospitals and medical boards are charging Dr. Bowden even though none of her patients have complained?
Do you think Erin Jones’s opinion of her husband’s care should be a factor?