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Jan 31, 2006

Naturopath Stands Trial For Cancer Patient's Death

Naturopath Stands Trial For Cancer Patient's Death
Brian O'Connell, 37, would like to call himself as a naturopath, is now in deep trouble as he is about to stand trial for the death of one of his patients. O'Connell was charged with manslaughter after he unsuccessfully treated Sean Flanagan, a 19-year-old who suffered from Ewing's sarcoma, a form of cancer.

The parents have put their last hope in O'Connell, who has treated the boy with herbal medicine, nutrition and physiotherapy. He assured the parents that he would be able to save their son.

During the course of treatment O'Connell administered ultraviolet blood irradiation, in which he removed blood from Flanagan's system, passed it under ultraviolet light and injected it back into his body. O'Connell said that this would stimulate the immune system by increasing oxygen in the blood. However, Sean Flanagan was admitted to a hospital two days later with lung infection.

When he was discharged from the hospital, the UV light treatment was administered at home, which caused his oxygen saturation levels to drop. Subsequently O'Connell allegedly treated Sean Flanagan by injecting his blood with hydrogen peroxide. Flanagan's cause of death was listed as probable complications from the hydrogen peroxide treatment.

The case highlights the dangers of unproven alternative therapies, which many consider to be a safer alternative to scientifically proven modern medicine.


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