The US-based doctor who went on television touting hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus is said to have been once sued for malpractice after one of her patients allegedly died with a meth needle in her arm.
According to the Daily Mail of London, the family of Leslie Norvell took Dr. Stella Immanuel to court claiming her negligence resulted in the death of the patient.
Norvell had complained about a methamphetamine needle that broke off in her arm.
The claimants said Norvell went to the Sabine Medical Centre where Immanuel was working and was given only medication.
No attempt was made to remove the needle fragment that had broken off inside her arm and both Immanuel and another doctor who attended to the patient failed to take a closer look at her arm or alert authorities, they alleged.
Norvell, the lawsuit further claimed, returned home but had to go to another hospital later when she had so much pain
It was in the other hospital that the needle fragment was removed.
A flesh-eating infection in her arm allegedly caused her death six days later in February 2019.
Police were unable to serve the doctor with the lawsuit in April because she no longer worked at the medical facility.
The report said the police had no idea that Immanuel had moved to Texas where she made the claim that hydroxychloroquine is a valid coronavirus treatment despite global trials suggesting otherwise.