Jan. 23—An unvaccinated COVID patient who was transferred from Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids to a hospital in Texas has died.
Scott Quiner, 55, of Buffalo, died Saturday morning in an unnamed hospital in Houston, Texas, according to media reports.
Quiner’s illness generated news stories nationwide, after his wife Anne Quiner fought plans to remove a ventilator which she said was keeping him alive. The story was picked up by conservative news outlets, which said the Minnesota hospital deliberately mistreated Quiner to punish him for being unvaccinated.
Quiner tested positive for COVID in October. His wife said he was critically ill while at Mercy Hospital. On Nov. 6, he was put on a ventilator and transferred to intensive care.
She said that Mercy Hospital intended to remove the ventilator on Jan. 13, and said that the hospital was not exploring alternative treatments for COVID.
According to the website Red Voice Media, “Anne begged them to try other methods, such as Ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and increasing vitamins and doctors there refused.” Those methods have not been approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Anoka County District Court granted an order to have him transferred to a hospital in Texas, and he was moved there last weekend. In court documents, she asked that the hospital not be identified.
Last week, Quiner attorney Marjorie Holsten said, “What we are showing the world is that Scott was near death because of the protocols used” at Mercy Hospital.
Allina Health, which owns Mercy Hospital, emailed this statement Saturday: “We are saddened to hear about the passing of Scott Quiner and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and loved ones. His passing marks yet another very sad moment as collectively we continue to face the devastating effects of the pandemic.”