A B.C. doctor has resigned amid allegations that he employed an “unapproved therapy” in a last-ditch attempt to save a terminally ill patient, prompting former patients to rally in support of his unconventional methods.
Holly Hill, the 34-year old daughter of former Conservative House leader Jay Hill, died of complications from stomach cancer in May, midway through an experimental vaccine regimen that Dr. Suresh Katakkar had administered without approval from the B.C. Cancer Agency (BCCA).
Although Dr. Katakkar knew that the decision was “legally wrong,” he felt he had a “moral obligation” to do it, he wrote in a June resignation letter.
“[My daughter] believed that this man would do whatever it took, including putting at risk his own reputation and legacy and for that he’s being disciplined,” said Mr. Hill, a former B.C. MP.
“Had we been anywhere else, the B.C. Cancer Agency would have written her off.”