Another CT scan of Dominik's lungs confirms that there are still no metastases in his lungs.
Dominik's parents set up the ‘Save Dominik' association and receive support from the people of Germany and far beyond.
Professor Jürgens files charges of bodily harm and attempted manslaughter against Dr. Rath, whose scientific findings in relation to Cellular Medicine are putting the billion-dollar chemotherapy market under threat.
At a session of Koblenz Court of Appeal, the decision by Betzdorf District Court is overturned. It returns the right of care for Dominik to his parents. Dominik is so healthy that he greets the judge personally at the start of the hearing. Public interest in Dominik's fate reaches far beyond Germany.
Dominik celebrates his first communion surrounded by his family and in good health. He even starts playing football again, which had been his favourite sport before becoming ill, in his favourite position as goalkeeper. For Dominik, who has just regained his health, this hobby is to prove disastrous.
During a game of football, a ball hits Dominik hard in the temple. This leads to a headache and, a short time later, Dominik requires emergency surgery on account of a haematoma that has formed in the temple area. The surgeons at Jung-Stilling hospital in Siegen know that Dominik was previously diagnosed with bone cancer. Because of their view that this diagnosis was a sure-fire death sentence, they record that metastases have formed in Dominik's brain - without the evidence of a corroborating tissue analysis on which to base this diagnosis. After this operation, surgeons do not replace a small fragment of Dominik's skull from around the temple area, so as to enable the swelling from the operative scar to go down. The intention is to replace this skull fragment a few weeks later.
When Dominik's mother arrives for the planned operation, she is informed that her son is riddled with metastases despite the fact that no examinations have been carried out to support this. Another CT scan is carried out which shows the operative scar on Dominik's brain. Without any further examinations being carried out, Dominik's mother is informed that this operative scar is allegedly a metastasis. However, his mother becomes suspicious and leaves the clinic with her son.
Two days later, Dominik's mother receives two phone calls from the duty surgeon at Siegen hospital informing her, to her surprise, that after having another look at the CT image, he has discovered that, in the area behind the operative scar on Dominik's head, an oedema (build-up of excess fluid) has in fact formed. This only increases Dominik's parents' mistrust of the hospital.
Who influenced the doctors at the clinic? What led them to unsettle Dominik's mother like this and pressurise her? Why was it so urgently necessary for Dominik to undergo an operation to remove alleged metastases instead of the scheduled skull-fragment replacement? How did the alleged metastases suddenly disappear? In whose interest was this strategy? Was the intention to force Dominik back into the clutches of pharmaceutical medicine?At this point, Dominik's parents lose all trust in the doctors treating their son for they are left with no choice but to believe that the pressure groups which have been hounding their son for months are bringing their influence to bear on subordinated hospitals such as Siegen hospital.
A short time later, since Dominik has still not undergone surgery to replace the missing skull fragment, the wound on his head becomes inflamed, requiring him to undergo another operation in Siegen. He suffers a multitude of complications following this operation.
After a severe bout of pneumonia, Dominik is admitted to the children's clinic at Pirmasens hospital (director: Dr. Kläber), suffering from a pleural effusion (abnormal accumulation of fluid in the pleural space).
To treat the pleural effusion in Dominik's left lung, the doctors at Pirmasens hospital perform a pleurocentesis on him. During this procedure it is clear that they punctured Dominik's left lung, which collapsed like a deflated balloon. On the left side of Dominik's chest, previously filled by the left lung, a huge hollow space is created. 2.2 litres of fluid in total are drained out of this.
Dominik's condition deteriorates. The doctors at Pirmasens hospital inform Dominik's mother that Dominik has only hours to live. Hereupon, Dominik's distraught mother decides to give him the bad news and a priest is asked to come that same evening to read Dominik his last rites.
While the doctors' attention is focused on his apparent impending death, Dominik is not given vital medical care. Only when the doctors are threatened with legal action are they prepared to replenish the albumin that was lost during the drainage procedure by giving Dominik an albumin infusion.
The next morning, Dominik's breathing is still shallow, but the albumin infusion has fought off the life-threatening situation. Over the next few days, Dominik's health stabilises to some degree.
In retrospect, it is evident that the injury to the left lung clearly inflicted at Pirmasens hospital was a decisive factor in triggering the series of events that ultimately led to Dominik's demise.
The doctors at Pirmasens must be questioned as to why they did not follow standard medical monitoring procedures after the pleurocentesis, which should have led to emergency measures to re-inflate the left lung.
Why was Dominik left lying in his hospital bed at Pirmasens hospital for days with only one functioning lung? Why was there no mention in the doctors' reports of the obviously collapsed lung or the dramatic medical consequences of this?Why was Dominik denied vital medical care, such as the albumin infusion, for such a long time?
Dominik is transferred to Westerwald German Red Cross clinic in Kirchen, which is closer to his home town. Chief physician, Dr. Buchal, makes contact with Professor Jürgens in Münster to discuss the case. Still no medical care is provided for the obviously collapsed left lung. Throughout the course of his week-long stay at Kirchen hospital, Dominik develops additional life-threatening problems, all of which receive insufficient medical attention or, in some cases, no medical attention at all: Dominik's haemoglobin levels (which measure the amount of oxygen in red blood cells) fall to below half the normal level. His plasma levels also fall to a life-threatening level. The boy's shallow breathing, which is a result of his having to breathe with only one functioning lung, is interpreted as a sign of his impending death. The parents are told many times over that their child is on the verge of death.One of Dominik's parents requests that Dominik be given an optimum dose of vitamins – a request that is denied by chief physician, Dr. Buchal, claiming that he cannot allow it on "ethical grounds".
Dominik begs his parents to rescue him from the clutches of Kirchen hospital, saying: “If you don't get me out of here, I won't survive the weekend.” Dominik obviously feels that continuing to stay in this hospital poses a real threat to him. He could not possibly have known that on this very Friday, the chief physician at the hospital had applied for an injunction permitting him to force Dominik to accept morphine for the pain, although Dominik was not suffering from much pain at all. Even the smallest overdose of morphine can have life-threatening, if not lethal, consequences.Did Dr. Buchal want the court's blessing for the action he was about to take? Had Dr. Buchal also discussed this action with Professor Jürgens? Why, instead of implementing urgently necessary medical care, did they simply allow Dominik's life to be put at risk, actually encouraging his apparently imminent death?
Dominik's parents push for Dominik to be transferred to a hospital that also provides naturopathic treatment. Chief physician, Dr. Buchal, refuses to do this and instead presents the parents with a injunction from Betzdorf district court, which in effect gives the doctors free rein to administer morphine to Dominik, who at this point is still free of pain.
Only when the parents' lawyers threaten to go public with information about Dr. Buchal's actions, which have no medically justifiable grounds, does Dr. Buchal finally relent – on the evening of that Monday – and allow Dominik to be transferred to “Villa Medica”, an alternative clinic in Edenkoben, in the Rhineland-Pfalz region of Germany. The doctors from Kirchen still tried to give Dominik a morphine injection in the ambulance, with the supposed aim of helping him survive the journey.
If Dominik's father hadn't stepped in at the last minute to prevent them doing this, Dominik would probably have succumbed to his fate there and then. Shortly before midnight, Dominik reaches “Villa Medica”.
The chief physician at “Villa Medica”, Dr. Burkhard Aschhoff, gives Dominik a full check-up, finding him to be “in a state of generally diminished health and restricted breathing”. At 5.8 his haemoglobin level is below half the normal level and his plasma level is also life-threateningly low. An X-ray of Dominik's chest cavity, taken the same day, documents the collapsed left lung: “The left pleural space (space surrounding the lungs) is transparent, giving the impression of a pneumothorax (collection of air or gas in the pleural space). No lung tissue is discernible".
According to Dr. Aschhoff, the following measures were taken: “We had to immediately administer 2 transfusions of erythrocyte concentrate (blood bottles) and substitute 7 infusions of human albumin (plasma protein) to remedy the life-threatening situation.”
That same day, Dr. Aschoff performs a further pleurocentesis (puncture of the pleural space) on Dominik: “The puncture needle was inserted dorsally (from the back) between the 7 th and 8 th rib.” Puncturing the pleural space from behind is a highly dangerous procedure due to the high risk of lacerating the blood vessels located here.It is probable that in performing this risky procedure, Dr. Aschhoff did in fact lacerate some of the blood vessels inside Dominik's ribcage. What other explanation could there be for the mass of fluid which began to fill Dominik's pleural space over the following days and which a specialist laboratory later found to be blood coagulum (a fibrin precipitate with red blood cells)?
Yet another pleurocentesis to insert a chest drain. To suction air from the pleural space, Dr. Aschoff punctures Dominik's pleural space once more – this time from the front – and connects a suction pump.
Dr. Aschhoff has an x-ray CT taken of Dominik's whole chest. It now becomes apparent that the whole of the left side of his chest is suddenly full of a uniform mass that was not visible on any previous CT scan. Dr. Aschoff and the examining radiologist interpret the sudden appearance of the structure as “exploding lung metastases” from Dominik's bone cancer.
Neither doctor, clearly, is bothered by the fact that the left lung is supposedly full of secondaries, while the right lung shows no sign whatever of metastases.
Since the lung is a single organ with evenly distributed blood supply, this cannot be the case.Dr. Aschoff also informs Dr. Rath of this finding. The latter considers this diagnosis to be unlikely and premature, and suggests waiting for the result of the special laboratory test on the contents of the drainage tube situated in the midst of this mass.
The test finding from the special pathology institute is now available. Test result number E 27088/04 gives the following diagnosis: “Catheter tip with adjoining fibrin condensate, with no indication of malignancy.” This is confirmed by the diagnosis of a huge blood clot in Dominik's left thoracic cavity, and definitely rules out the possibility that the structure which has suddenly developed can be a tumour metastasis in the lung. The finding inevitably confirms that the left lung is no longer inflated at this point. Thus the suspicion of a collapsed lung due to the pleural puncture on 08/15/2004 is once again confirmed.
Despite this compelling evidence, Dr. Aschhoff insists to the very end that his erroneous diagnosis is correct. At this point, Dr. Aschhoff must realise that he probably contributed to the deterioration of Dominik's condition. In order to hush this up he publicly discredits Dr. Rath and makes him out to be completely incompetent.
He goes so far as to enlist the Springer-owned tabloid “Bild”, well-known for its anti-Rath smear campaign on behalf of the pharmaceutical cartel. He contacts Bild journalist D. Becker. This is no accident, for Dr. Aschhoff is godfather to Becker's children. The relationship between Aschhoff and Becker is clearly so close that Aschhoff – in flagrant violation of doctor-patient confidentiality – even gives this Bild sensation-monger the CT images which he misdiagnosed. On 12 and 13 November these delude a readership of millions into believing in a non-existent giant tumour in Dominik's chest. This is one of the reasons why Dominik's parents have now filed criminal proceedings against Dr. Aschhoff.
Dr. Aschhoff also informs Dominik's distraught parents of his false diagnosis, claiming that Dominik only has a few days to live. When the parents are rightly sceptical of this diagnosis, Dr. Aschhoff refuses Dominik any further treatment. Once again, his parents are compelled to find another clinic, at a moment's notice, where Dominik's treatment can continue.
Does Dr. Aschhoff really believe that he can cover up his false diagnosis and his medical misconduct through a campaign of intentional public misinformation? Was he perhaps trying to avoid an enquiry into his grave medical errors by intentionally violating doctor-patient confidentiality and publishing misdiagnosed CT images of Dominik?
However grave Dr. Aschhoff's medical misconduct was, the harm he caused by allowing himself to be exploited by the pharmaceuticals' flagship tabloid “Bild” is far more serious. The medical misinformation and lies thus spread about the Dominik case are depriving millions of cancer patients of the chance to turn their backs on the “toxic cures” of chemotherapy, and to combat their cancer with the help of scientifically based effective natural remedies.The fact that the Bild tabloid is a rabble-rouser for the pharmaceutical cartel is no accident. The chairman of the supervisory board of the Springer group (Bild, Bild am Sonntag etc.) is Sicilian Giuseppe Vita, who is also chair of the supervisory board of the pharmaceutical group ‘Schering'. And it gets worse: The executive chairman of the Axel-Springer publishing company, Mathias Döpfner, is also on the supervisory board of Schering AG. The Schering group alone makes an annual turnover of almost half a billion dollars from cancer drugs, a market which they are clearly trying to defend with all means at their disposal, such as the smear campaign against Dr. Rath.
Fleeing their pursuers, who in the meantime have clearly enlisted every clinic in Germany, the parents decide to take the only step possible and look abroad to receive further treatment for their child. Eventually, they find a clinic that provides both traditional and alternative forms of treatment, and is willing to admit Dominik: the “Oasis of Hope” clinic in Mexico, directly bordering the US. Many North American patients, who have been failed by chemo-medicine, also go there for treatment.
Dominik, his mother and a supervisory doctor flee the witch-hunt in Germany and fly to North America. Shortly before landing, the horrified parents hear that their pursuers have still not given up. They have forced through emergency legal proceedings at Betzdorf district court on the coming Monday, with the aim of obtaining a court order to drive Dominik, once and for all, back into the power of pharmaceutical medicine.
The judge at Betzdorf district court is informed by the parents' solicitor of Dominik's new place of abode and the comprehensive range of treatments which the clinic offers. The judge decides in favour of Dominik and his parents, as he realises that Dominik does not need further suffering inflicted on him in the name of therapy, and that the clinic is providing for his needs in the best possible way. For his own personal assurance, he himself phones Dominik the next day at the “Oasis” clinic, and wishes him the best of luck.
For the pursuers who believed, after Dominik had been refused further treatment at “Villa Medica”, that they had cornered him and his parents, this is a decisive defeat. To hush up this final escape by Dominik from the clutches of the pharmaceutical interest groups and their seventh consecutive legal defeat, they start a real media rampage against Cellular Medicine and Dr. Rath – using everything from the “Bild” newspaper to ZDF and ARD broadcasting stations.
Throughout the whole of Germany there is not a single clinic that does not participate in the campaign against Dominik. What is the meaning of this? Not one clinic is willing to offer him potentially life-saving treatment.
Do umpteen thousand cancer patients in Germany have to pay the price for the fact that this country was the stronghold of the pharmaceutical cartel for years, and enslaved whole areas of society such as medicine and the media?
Following his flagrant mistreatment in German hospitals and the long journey, Dominik is in a greatly weakened condition. As before, he still breathes with only one lung - which is also constricted due to the huge haematoma in the left lung. Dominik's heart is also constricted and gradually develops a pericardial effusion (a build-up of fluid in the space between the heart and the sac around the heart). This pericardial effusion increasingly impairs the heart function, that is, the capacity of the heart to pump blood.Due to his generally weak condition, and the false information which clinics in Germany have given about Dominik's previous case history, the doctors at the “Oasis” clinic decide not to operate but to keep him under careful observation.
Another CT check-up of Dominik's chest is undertaken. It shows an astonishing finding: in the midst of the light-grey mass in Dominik's left chest cavity can be seen a large, dark-grey area which the doctors initially misdiagnose as tumour necrosis (dead tumour tissue). A chest-cavity puncture is considered, but in the end is not carried out due to Dominik's generally weak condition.
Due to his restricted lung and heart function, Dominik's condition deteriorates further. He suffers from increasingly irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), a racing heart (tachycardia) and high blood pressure as a consequence of the increasing constriction of his heart. His death now seems likely. Since there is no alternative, the parents urge the clinic's doctors to puncture the dark-grey mass in Dominik's chest.
The aim is to ease pressure on the vital organs, the heart and the right lung. The doctors say they are willing to do this - a highly dramatic decision, for if the lump in Dominik's chest is really a huge metastasis of the left lung, a lung puncture could cause the whole left lung to collapse like a deflated balloon. Due to the already much reduced respiratory function, this would very probably lead to immediate death. This intervention will endanger Dominik's life unless the mass in Dominik's left chest is not a metastasis of the left lung, but a haematoma that has formed outside the previously collapsed left lung.
The surgical procedure is undertaken at 8 pm under local anaesthetic. The surgeon's needle enters Dominik's chest cavity without encountering lung tissue. Dominik's heart and respiratory function remain unaltered. This confirms the grave suspicion that the left lung was deflated by the puncture at Pirmasens Hospital in August, leading to Dominik having to breathe with only one lung ever since.
The surgeon subsequently introduced a drainage tube (catheter) into Dominik's left chest cavity, positioning its tip exactly in the middle of the huge lump with the help of the x-ray CT. The fluid voided through this drainage tube over the following days was tested in a special laboratory. The diagnosis was clear: “No evidence of malignancy”. Confirming the test result on 8 September, the mass in Dominik's chest was thus once again identified as coagulated blood, and metastasis was ruled out.In the following days, almost half a litre of fluid was drained from the dissolving haematoma. This eased the pressure somewhat in Dominik's chest, visible also from the x-ray images. However, the haematoma in the heart sac (pericardial effusion) was not reduced and, after a week, this finally led to the pump function of Dominik's heart failing.
Dominik dies. He was not the victim of his cancer but died from the consequences of severe medical errors in German hospitals. He was the victim of a form of medicine that stops at nothing to prove that cancer remains a death sentence.
Dominik's body is brought back to Germany. When the boy's coffin arrived at Frankfurt airport, Koblenz public prosecutor department immediately confiscated it. Why? Münster professor Jürgens had issued a charge against Dr. Rath for bodily harm and manslaughter, which the public prosecutor department was processing. Furthermore, the parents were informed that a charge had also been filed against them for failure to provide due help.
A post-mortem is carried out on Dominik at Mainz University clinic's pathology institute. Legal representatives acting for the parents, and those acting for Dr. Rath were not admitted. The parents do not doubt the independence of Koblenz public prosecutor department, but there are justified concens, due to links between the university clinics at Mainz and Münster, about the objectivity of the Mainz pathologists. For this reason the parents decide to have a second post-mortem carried out. This turns out to be a very wise decision.
At the second post-mortem, independent doctors and legal experts were present with the pathologists. The decisive findings of this autopsy were the following:
The “Corpus delicti“ – the left lung which suffered collapse due to medical errors, and the haematoma which developed in the resulting cavity – were, astonishingly, no longer present! Clearly these important findings had been removed by the Mainz pathologists and – contrary to all rules of court pathology – not replaced again in the corpse.
One has to ask why. Did the pathologists do this in order to investigate the truth or to conceal it? Why were Dominik and his parents denied the right to full burial – that is, with all organs intact?
Koblenz public prosecutor department has already been informed of the absence of the left lung and the huge blood coagulation in the left thoracic cavity, with a request to ensure that this organ and its findings are not ‘accidentally' discarded by the Mainz pathologists.
The second post-mortem however, has already closed the door on any attempt to manipulate Dominik's cause of death. The whole right lung was present, and one could see at first glance that this organ contained no metastases. If there were any secondaries at all in this organ, they were so small that they could not have posed a threat to his life.
Since the right and left lungs compose a single organ, and are nourished by the same blood supply, it is impossible for the right lung to have been free of metastases while the left lung was one huge metastasis.
So while the second post-mortem was able to rule out lung metastasis as cause of death, the lung tissue gave clear indications of the actual cause of death: so-called lung congestion (accumulation of fluid in the lung tissue), an unmistakeable sign of blockage in the lung's blood circulation. This, in turn, is an expression of the fact that the heart's pump function was restricted, which ultimately led to heart failure.
The second expert report on the right lung renders any attempt to manipulate Dominik's cause of death a useless undertaking.
It becomes clear from a report in “Bild am Sonntag” that the parents' fear of attempts at such manipulation are not unfounded. Today, this pharmaceutical flagship's invidious campaign is notched up still further, when it reports on supposed “first results of the post-mortem ordered by Koblenz public prosecutor department”: “According to information available to BamS, Dominik's small body was wasted with cancer. The lungs were riddled with metastases.” In view of the available facts one cannot imagine a greater affront to the truth.
In summary, the following questions arise:
Is an alliance between pharmaceutical doctors and pharmaceutical-dependent media trying to falsify the cause of Dominik's death?
Do these false findings aim to manipulate the public prosecutor department and the public?
Is all this happening to bring criminal proceedings against Dr. Rath, innovator of an effective, side-effect free alternative to the billion dollar business with useless chemotherapies and the perpetuation of cancer?
Is the aim to discredit the natural therapy of Cellular Medicine and bury its threat to the pharmaceutical investment business?
Should this unscrupulous conduct get away with sacrificing millions of cancer patients to an illness which could long ago have been assigned to the past?It is already clear that the Dominik case is introducing a new era in medicine which no longer serves the financial interests of a handful of pharmaceutical shareholders but the health interests of millions of people.
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