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Fitness instructor says he discovered Dr Farid Fata lied about cancer prognosis in medical insurance scam


In 2010, Patty Hester was referred to a specialist who diagnosed her with an aggressive form of blood cancer.

After three years of debilitating treatment, Hester discovered that his doctor, Dr Farid Fata, had lied about his diagnosis as part of a complex medical insurance scam.

Hester was referred to Michigan hematologist and oncologist Dr Fata as a precaution after suffering from pneumonia and having abnormal blood tests.

“By the time I got a date, I was feeling pretty good. It seemed unnecessary, ”says Hester, now 66.

But Fata asked for more blood tests, then a bone marrow biopsy in his in-house lab.

Patty Hester discovered that her doctor, Dr Farid Fata, had lied about her diagnosis as part of a complex medical insurance scam. Credit: PROVIDED

Soon after, he diagnosed Hester with myelodysplastic syndrome, also known as preleukemia. Chemotherapy was cited as her only treatment option.

Hester, who worked as a technician in a hospital emergency department, refused this treatment, opting instead for iron infusions and IVs of an immune-boosting solution called octgam.

“I knew how sick the chemo would make me and I chose to live a shorter life feeling good,” she says.

Over the next three years, Hester worked on his bucket list, including a family trip to Disneyland. She donated goods and said goodbye to friends and family.

Her health gradually deteriorated, which she later realized from the unnecessary infusions rather than the cancer she thought she had.

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I was told to go out and relive my life but I didn’t know how

In 2013, Fata was arrested by the FBI and Hester discovered that he was wrongly treating hundreds of patients, including herself, taking millions of dollars in insurance and medicare payments.

New tests revealed that Hester had never had cancer.

“I was told to go out and relive my life, but I didn’t know how,” Hester says.

Dr Farid Fata, an oncologist from Michigan, gave painful cancer treatments to hundreds of patients - many of them not even sick
Dr Farid Fata, an oncologist from Michigan, gave painful cancer treatments to hundreds of patients – many of them not even sick Credit: PROVIDED

“My joy turned to anger after realizing that I had wasted three years of my life under this terrible cloud.”

Investigation into Fata’s company found he had unnecessarily administered chemo to 553 patients and submitted $ 34 million in fraudulent claims for treatments.

Fata, or Doctor Death as he has been nicknamed by the media, has pleaded guilty to 13 counts of healthcare fraud, one count of conspiring to pay or receive bribes and two counts of money laundering and in July 2015 Hester saw him sentenced to 45 years in prison. jail.

“Now I’m talking,” Hester said.

“It should never have been allowed to happen. We don’t have to blindly trust our doctors. If you are unhappy or unsure with your treatment, be sure to say so.


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