New Drug Cures Local Woman Of Hepatitis C

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Medical breakthroughs are being made in the fight against Hepatitis C. In fact, a woman from Springdale has become one of the first people in the country to be cured of the disease that attacks the liver, and she spoke with 5NEWS about the new treatment option that saved her life.

Carlette Metcalf spends most of her time in the stables.

“I was a horseback rider and horse trainer,” Carlette said. “So I was always go, go, go, go.”

But, shortly after getting married in July of 2012, her health took a turn for the worse.

“It was a trying time for us, because of the unknown,” Carlette’s husband, Terry, said.

“I dropped down to 85 pounds, couldn't eat, really couldn't do anything,” Carlette said. “My son plays Triple-A ball. He went to the World Series, and I couldn't go. That was the worst thing.”

With her husband by her side, Carlette kept searching for answers.

“October 2012; no one could figure out what was wrong. So he took me to Mayo Clinic,” Carlette said.

“We spent about 17 days going through some diagnosis to find what the issues were,” Terry said.

Carlette was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, Genotype One. To make matters worse, she was told by three physicians she was not a candidate for the treatment, because it would likely kill her.

“It was a hopeless situation for me. I didn't know what to do. I was lost,” Carlette said.

So she started researching different pharmaceutical companies and medications, hoping to find a treatment that could work for her. Then, in December of 2013, she found a sign of hope.

“I remember the date was December 6th, because it said, ‘December 6th: the FDA just approved a new drug, Sovaldi, from Gilead.com, and it will cure Hepatitis C in 12 weeks,’” Carlette said.

With nothin to lose, she quickly got her hands on Sovaldi and started the daily regimen - one pill every day for 84 days. Then, she went through a series of blood tests to see if the Hepatitis C virus was still showing up. And all the results came back the same. Carlette had been cured of a once-incurable disease.

Now, with a new outlook on life, Carlette is on a mission to make sure others know about the new treatment options.

“This could save their life. This could change their whole family. They can be there to see their kids. They can be there to see their grandkids. I’m going to be there to see my son play the next time, in the next tournament,” Carlette exclaimed with tears in her eyes.

She`s been given a second chance at life, and now she’s doing her part to pay it forward.

“I want to help other people know what`s going on and to get cured,” Carlette emphasized.

Carlette was recently named the National Patient Advisor for the American Liver Foundation, and she`s spearheading the effort to raise awareness and start support groups.

For more information about Hepatitis C and the available treatment options, visit http://www.LiverFoundation.org.

5 comments

  • john

    several people have been cured for quite awhile now. while this is great for her there is nothing really new here. actually there are newer and better treatments out there. medicare and medicaid will fund most of these treatments.

  • alohabeckyjo

    I discovered I have Hep C type 1b in 2010. When mine was discovered my liver was already in Stage 4 Cirrhosis. I had been a single parent for 21 years. I am a veteran 8 yrs in the Navy. I became disabled from working, from this disease. It is great to put the awareness out there, but those of us without the support, income & have become disabled, we need that kind of help. I have had the treatment of interferon & Ribaviran & responded very negatively to it. The Dr.s took me off of it. Due to my condition of my liver, I am waiting to see what is safe for me, per my Hep C specialist. Besides the huge cost of this drug around $1000 per pill. My disability is not enough to live on. Those of us out here, in this kind of spot, you don’t know about. My oldest son who is an veteran of Navy & served in Iraq, Kuwait, Pakistan, hurricane Katrina, came to help me. It’s been over 3 years of him, watching me go through horrendous illness, daily. I pray that my son gets to start his life; after 5 years at war & now this war of Hep C. I would love if this lady would contact me, I want to get a message to people how difficult this is not just the person who has it, but if you even have someone to care for you. WE NEED HELP. THANK YOU.

  • Cliff

    I happen to suffer from liver disease. I also have exhaustively researched this matter over the past twenty years. I can say without hesitation that Sovaldi is just the latest scam perpetuated on some of the most sick and desperate in our society by the predatory interests of Big Pharma. Using Sovaldi requires adjunct dosing with the laughable “combo therapy” of Interferon and Ribavirin. The “combo” has been the mainstay of Hep C treatment used by conventional medicine over the past 25-30 years. This course of treatment has been unarguably proven not to work and in fact produces side effects that are VERY detrimental to the patient. After about a year now of public use, facts are streaming in from anecdotal experience gained outside of the rigorously controlled and biased FDA trials. It is clear that Sovaldi is just one more scam used by our modern witch doctors to milk the public. It does not in fact “cure” Hep C and has a list of side effects that makes combo therapy alone look like a safe bet, which of course it is not. Hep C sufferers must take matters into their own hands. This is a case where trusting your doctor will literally kill you. Do the research, appreciate the leaps and bounds made by alternative medicine over the past several decades and make an informed choice. There ARE things that WORK but your doctor doesn’t know about any of them and will just dismiss them out of hand. If you want to regain good health the onus is on you. 

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