RIO GIARDINIERI: I really thought my end was there. I'd been through nine days of solid pain and it just -- it's -- for me it was, the end was there. So I've made some calls to my, you know, say, in my own way, goodbye to my friends and family.
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): That was Rio Giardinieri. He's a 52-year-old businessman who unfortunately contracted the coronavirus and, as you just heard, he thought he was on death's door, that is until he asked the doctor, he asked the doctor to prescribe him hydroxychloroquine. Well, after a rough night in the hospital, Giardinieri woke up in the morning to find his debilitating symptoms gone. He attributes his miracle turnaround to the drug we first highlighted right here on The Ingraham Angle a week ago.
INGRAHAM: Tell us why do you think it was hydroxychloroquine that seemed to cure your viral symptoms.
GIARDINIERI: You know, I'm not a scientist, I'm not a doctor but I know when I'm sitting here in pain and they've tried all kinds of antibiotics running through me and I continue to get worse. My breathing became worse and speaking became difficult and a friend of mine from a prayer line reached out, a friend of 43 years, and says, “Hey, I saw this on Laura Ingraham’s show. You need to take this medicine, and you need to ask your doctor to give it to you now.”
It happened that I just had a conversation with my nurse and the text comes in, so I asked her about it. She went to the doctor and he came in and said basically he couldn't authorize that, but he did put me in touch with the infectious disease doctor, who said, “Yes, Rio, . I know what you're talking about. We've all seen it online. There's no trials. There's no studies. There's no guarantee this will work for you and it could possibly hurt you. My feeling at that particular time was, I thought I was at the end of my rope and I didn't see any other options. For me it was a risk that was worth taking, it was worth taking for me, so he heard my story out, authorized it and 30 minutes later, the nurse came in and gave me the first dosage.
INGRAHAM: Wow. Oh my God. I mean, so a prayer line was involved. I don't want -- I don't want to -- I want to highlight that so it was a prayer line, a friend.
INGRAHAM: A communication and you, Rio, were a proactive patient. You were your own patient advocate. And it's a drug that's been around for almost 70 years and, I mean, look, none of us are doctors, but I am so happy that you seem to be doing so much better and I assume you're still -- are you still on the hydroxy?
GIARDINIERI: I am. I am. I just took my last dose about an hour ago.
INGRAHAM: And how are you feeling right now?
GIARDINIERI: I feel fantastic, and I have since I woke up on Saturday morning. It’s -- I know it sounds unbelievable. People are questioning me about it, but I know what I feel. I woke up at 4:45 in the morning and it felt like I had nothing. And I had to catch myself for a second and say, wait a minute, I'm breathing. This is -- something’s -- this is not normal, and I realized, I didn't have my fever anymore, so I hit the nurse call button at 4:45 and said, “I'm -fine. Can you send a nurse in? I feel a little hungry.” The nurse came in, took my vitals and, sure enough, my fever was gone. It was not able to be broken for nine days and then it was gone at 4:45 in the morning. My -- only thing I had was I had a headache and that lasted a couple of days but all other symptoms were completely gone. My vitals were where they should be.