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Covid crank Right-wing activist put Covid patient's life at risk after saying treatment would kill him

McCarron, a former failed election candidate with Direct Democracy Ireland, had to be rushed by ambulance back to the hospital on Thursday morning after his condition deteriorated further

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Covid-19 patient and former election candidate Joe McCarron being encouraged to leave hospital.

Covid-19 patient and former election candidate Joe McCarron being encouraged to leave hospital.

Covid-19 patient and former election candidate Joe McCarron being encouraged to leave hospital.

This is the shocking moment a former local election candidate, who is severely ill with Covid 19, removed himself from hospital against medical advice with the help of a right-wing activist.

A video posted online by Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu, a member of the Freeman on the Land Movement, on Tuesday shows the Galway-based Italian convincing a seriously ill Joe McCarron to leave Letterkenny University Hospital by telling him his treatment would "kill" him.

McCarron afterwards appeared in a video posted from his home saying that he felt much better and accused the hospital of mistreating him.

McCarron, a former failed election candidate with Direct Democracy Ireland, had to be rushed by ambulance back to the hospital on Thursday morning after his condition deteriorated further and was yesterday still a patient in the hospital.

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Anti-vaxxers shot video as Covid-19 patient and former election candidate Joe McCarron was encouraged to leave hospital

Anti-vaxxers shot video as Covid-19 patient and former election candidate Joe McCarron was encouraged to leave hospital

Anti-vaxxers shot video as Covid-19 patient and former election candidate Joe McCarron was encouraged to leave hospital

Claims on social media yesterday morning that Mr McCarron had died are understood to be inaccurate.

The healthcare group running Letterkenny University Hospital has since expressed "grave concerns" over disinformation being spread within its hospitals.

In the video, recorded inside the hospital, Mureddu can be heard telling McCarron that he is coming home and that he is "safe".

A doctor then attempts to intervene, telling McCarron: "What he's doing is wrong! He's endangering your life."

Mureddu responds to this telling McCarron: "If you stay here, they're going to f**king kill you."

The doctor continues: "It's a very difficult disease that you have, and I'm not lying to you, you could die, but this could be your best chance in the hospital."

But Mureddu counters: "It's better if he dies in the house than if he dies in here."

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During the video, Mureddu also praises controversial UCD Professor Dolores Cahill for her role.

He said she'd been "on the phone all day" trying to "sort out" the issue.

Mureddu was present alongside Cahill in the aftermath of the Dublin Bay South by-election at the count centre in Dublin where a video was recorded showing her arguing with gardaí.

Gardaí yesterday confirmed that they were called to Letterkenny University Hospital to deal with disturbances in the hospital on Tuesday and Thursday.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "An Garda Síochána responded to a report of a disturbance at Letterkenny University Hospital on September 14, 2021. However, on arrival those involved were no longer present.

"Inquiries are ongoing.

"An Garda Síochána has no role in the enforcement of Public Health Guidelines."

A similar statement was issued in relation to 'a disturbance at the hospital on September 16 - when Mr McCarron was returned for medical care.

Joe McCarron ran for election for a seat in Glenties on Donegal County Council in 2014.

He ran under the umbrella of Direct Democracy Ireland on a platform of returning 'power to the people.'

That party was founded by Ben Gilroy - a campaigner against evictions and a prominent anti- vaxxer.

The activities of Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu have previously been documented by 'The Beacon.ie' - a website that monitors right-wing activities in this country.

Mureddu is a Freeman of the Land activist.

Advocates of this belief claim they're not bound by any laws they have not consented to.

On his Telegram channel, he has posted template letters which claim they give the issuer power of attorney over hospital patients.

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Professor Dolores Cahill

Professor Dolores Cahill

Professor Dolores Cahill

In a previous video posted by Mureddu, which circulated widely online a number of weeks ago, he filmed himself arguing with a garda after being stopped for allegedly speeding in August.

The garda is recorded telling Mureddu that he was travelling at 158kph.

Mureddu states he doesn't have his driver's licence, is "very busy", and demands to be told what laws he has broken.

He also tells the garda that "I'll ask the question" and that "I'm the master and you are the servant."

The garda eventually takes Mureddu's details and asks him to present his driver's licence at a garda station of his choice.

In a statement issued following the events at Letterkenny General Hospital, the Saolta University Healthcare Group said it "is aware of two incidents where groups have spread disinformation at its hospital sites."

It continued: "Saolta has grave concerns about the impact of this type of activity on both patients and staff.

"Patient safety and care is of paramount importance to the group. Hospitals across the region are under extreme pressure as a result of Covid-19 and non Covid-19 patients.

"The deliberate spreading of misinformation and at times defamatory comments against staff members, along with the posting of these videos on social media platforms, is adding significantly to the burden already facing healthcare professionals.

"While Saolta endeavours to facilitate patient visiting whenever possible, incidents like this are highly disruptive and upsetting in clinical settings.

"We cannot comment on individual cases …

"Members of the security team are involved in any incident which escalates and An Garda Síochána are involved where appropriate.

"In respect of the national Covid-19 vaccination programme, and the treatment of patients who have been hospitalised due to Covid-19, we advise people to get their information from reputable sources," the statement added.

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