Watch as 67-year old Joe McCarron, hospitalized with Covid-19 in Ireland, is urged by a fanatical anti-vaxxer and covid-denier to check himself out of the hospital while a doctor calmly, kindly, and patiently explains why that would not be a good idea for someone in his condition and urges him to stay, saying that he was very ill and could die if he went home. But the person with McCarron badgered him to leave and he finally acquiesced. Two days later, he was back in the hospital with breathing problems and subsequently died.
Video of McCarron leaving Letterkenny University Hospital with the help of Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu began to circulate on social media on September 14.
“We are saving Joe’s life,” Gravegliu says in the video. “Today is a winning day for Ireland.” He goes on to thank Dr. Dolores Cahill, a prominent figure in Ireland’s anti-vaccination movement.
A doctor pleads with McCarron in the video to stay in the hospital: “You have the right to decide what you want to do.
“You’re barely able to breathe,” the doctor says. “We want you to stay to help you.”
Gravegliu, who was wearing a mask under his chin, tells McCarron, “If you stay here, they going to f***ing kill you, Joe.”
“I’m very worried about you,” the doctor tells McCarron who appears to be struggling to breathe in the video. “I want you to stay, I think he is saying something very dangerous. What he is saying is wrong and very dangerous.” He added: “I’m not lying to you, you could die.”
“It’s better if you die in the house,” Gravegliu tells Joe.
Upon his re-admittance to the hospital, his family issued a statement that said, “Una (Joe’s wife) would like to thank the staff and apologise for the actions of Joe’s so-called reckless friends earlier in the week. They did not help Joe’s recovery in any way. We would encourage everyone to follow proper medical advice.”
What puzzles me is how a ‘friend’ could make this kind of decision when McCarron has a wife. In the video, I think his wife is there at the time but seems to have been steamrolled by Gravegliu.
The police are now investigating this incident and Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu, who is described as “an Italian restaurant owner with a long history of conspiratorial and far-right activism”.
Mr Mureddu, a former Italian soldier, carried out the “rescue” with assistance from members of the Common Law Information Centre in nearby Ballybofey. The group promotes a bizarre interpretation of the law which states legislation only apply to people if they consent to it.
Common law groups came to prominence during the recession when homeowners facing bank repossessions were encouraged to frustrate the court process using tactics such as not recognising the court and attempting to perform citizens’ arrests on judges.
In one video published after Mr McCarron left the hospital, Mr Mureddu and Michael McGee of the Common Law Information Centre advise followers to use baseless common law tactics and documents to carry out similar actions in other hospitals.
He is a supporter of the Italian far-right Lega party and in 2019 sought to host a meeting for Irish supporters of the party in his restaurant.
Mr Mureddu was recently pulled over by a garda for speeding. In a video he uploaded, Mr Mureddu, who is sitting in the front seat of his car, denies he was driving and tells the garda “I am the master and you are the servant.”
He seems like a real piece of work,.
These kinds of people with delusions of grandeur who think they know better than everyone else, are everywhere. The fact that McCarron was readmitted before he died will be used by them as confirmation that it was the hospital that killed him.