A podcaster who opposed the COVID-19 vaccine contracted the disease and was on a ventilator Saturday after he attended the right-wing “ReAwaken America” event in Dallas early this month, according to his podcast network and conspiracy theorist attorney Lin Wood.
Podcast network Frog News said on the social media site Telegram that Doug Kuzma’s last communication with them included a photo of him posing with ivermectin, the antiparasitic medicine that many claim treats COVID despite federal health agencies’ warnings not to use it for such purposes.
As of Saturday, Kuzma was “sedated and on a ventilator.” He was “not conscious,” noted a Frog News message. “Doug needs heavy, heavy prayers.”
Kuzma’s damaged lungs were not responding to treatment, Wood wrote in a Telegram message, seeking help. He urged anyone who knew of a medical provider — or attorney — who could help to contact a Frog News administrator “ASAP.”
“Pray for Doug,” he added.
The Dallas event was part of a national tour paid for by right-wing funders featuring guest speakers including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as well as Flynn, according to an itinerary for the conference.
The events push baseless conspiracy theories, including claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
Neither Kuzma nor a representative for the ReAwaken America tour could be reached for comment.