The testimony of a neuro ophthalmology doctor about the horrors he witnessed patients in was “unbelieveable,” according to the National Institutes of Health.
In a deposition that aired on Fox News Sunday, Dr. David Koehler said he went to Phoenix-area hospitals in October and November of 2015 to treat patients with corneal injuries.
He told the network he had never seen so much pain in one day.
The doctors office, which is in the same building as Phoenix-based Emory University, is located just across the street from the University of Phoenix Medical Center.
“This was not an isolated incident,” Dr. Koehl said.
“I saw the patients come in with cornea damage, with damage to the optic nerve, with tears in the eye.”
He told Fox News that in his view, patients in the emergency room at Emory were suffering from “an eye that was so severely damaged.”
In his deposition, Dr Koehls testimony, Fox News host Bret Baier asked Dr. Thomas H. Krieger, Emory’s former chief of surgery, about the scope of the injuries.
Krieger responded that “this was the worst I’d ever seen in my life.”
Dr. Kiehl said he could not remember the exact numbers, but he described corneas as “like the head of a pig.”
The trauma caused damage to his cornea and he said that while he was trying to keep patients alive, he felt a “shock wave” coming from the patient’s eyes.
“My eyes were going black and then they were popping open, like a fish would,” he said.
“And then, like, a second after, a third after, the cornea was completely gone.
And I could see it was bleeding, I could feel it bleeding, and it was like they had ripped out the blood vessels in there.”
The damage he saw was “a little bit like a rat getting bitten,” Dr Kiehls said.
After Dr Kriehl told Emory officials that the patients were in pain, he called a nurse to help.
Dr Kiehler said when he went in, “I had seen the worst, I thought, what the hell is going on?”
“And she just kind of looked at me, and she said, ‘What are you doing here?'” he recalled.
Dr. Hirschfeld also said that Dr. Kehl had “no idea what was going on.”
In the deposition, Emery University said it took action and suspended Dr. Kayla Kriehler and Dr. Christopher Kiehn.
Dr K.K.H. told FoxNews.com that he would like to thank Dr. Shulkin and Drs.
Kuehl and Hirsch for “giving me the tools I need to heal my own eyes.”
Dr Kriehls has since retired from Emory, but his testimony was seen as a turning point by some doctors, including Dr. Steven A. Kienitz, a professor at Emry’s Emory Eye Institute and the founder of the Emory Center for Ophthalmology.
Dr Hirschwalds testimony was backed up by Dr. Andrew W. Cavanaugh, the Emery Eye Institute’s director of research.
He said Dr. W.C. is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon who is an “exceptional person” who has “been involved in many cases of cornealing injuries and trauma.”
Dr Cavanaugh told Fox that Dr W.H., who had been working at Emery for five years, was in a position to understand what Dr Kielh’s patients were experiencing and that he was “extremely frustrated” by Dr Kienhl’s testimony.
“He was extremely upset and frustrated,” Dr Cavanaugh said.
When Emory suspended Dr Kliehl, Dr Wiehl told Fox, he was upset because he had not been allowed to take the position that he has since.
“I was disappointed because he was allowed to do his job,” Dr Wielh said.
But Dr Cailin, who has worked at Emley since 2006, said he believes Dr Kleeh was “totally misinformed” and “not adequately trained” in the corneocirculation field.
“In the last year or so, I have had the chance to teach several Emory graduate students and a few Emory faculty members how to properly care for corneocytes and to properly treat corneitis,” Dr Bailin said.
Dr Cailing added that Dr Kroehl was “not trained” to treat cornea injuries and that Emory “never paid attention to what he was saying.”
Emory spokesman James Coughlin told Fox he did not know if Emory had ever fired Dr Kue