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Experimental hormone therapy may speed recovery for COVID patients


November 2, 2020

Alex Kormann – Star Tribune

Bob Schlicht, his wife Kristine Smoley, and Dr. Tim Rich, M.D. walked down the hall to meet the only other person in the world to receive the same experimental ARDS treatment as him. The meeting took place at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth on Friday October 16, 2020.

DULUTH - Every time the phone rang, it seemed to Kristine Smoley like more bad news about her husband, who contracted COVID-19 and was in a hospital intensive care unit on a ventilator because he couldn't breathe on his own.

Smoley was prepared for the worst when a nurse from Duluth's Essentia Health called with hope - albeit with risks and no solid evidence it would save her husband.

"They asked if I wanted to consider signing off on an experimental treatment for him," Smoley said. "A treatment that had never been done before."


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