Mississippi fire chief dies of COVID-19 just hours after winning legal battle over ivermectin treatment

Published 9:08 pm Thursday, February 10, 2022

A Mississippi fire chief has died from COVID-19, just hours after a court hearing about his treatment for the virus.

Wayne Doyle, who headed the Lowndes County District 3 Volunteer Fire Department, died Tuesday at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, WTVA-TV reported. The 62-year-old was a volunteer firefighter for 40 years.

Earlier that day, a judge ruled that Doyle could be moved out of the hospital so he could be given ivermectin. He died before receiving it.

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The drug is used to treat conditions caused by parasitic worms, but the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved it as a COVID-19 remedy. The agency says currently available data doesn’t show that ivermectin is effective against the virus.

A procession of emergency responders escorted Doyle’s body to a Columbus funeral home on Tuesday night.