(WXYZ) - Hundreds of patients of the doctor charged in a stunning case of Medicare fraud met face-to-face Wednesday night.
Some say Dr. Farid Fata saved their lives while others blame him for harm done beyond belief.
The meeting was held at a banquet hall in Rochester Hills from 7 to 9 p.m.
There was no shortage of tears in the room tonight where hundreds of patients or family members of patients treated by Dr. Farid Fata came to seek justice.
No matter who you talked with Wednesday night, everyone had an incredible story to tell.
“She died very young. Way too young. Way too soon. And I do believe Dr. Fata had everything to do with that,” said Shelley White. White believes Dr. Fata misdiagnosed her sister’s cervical cancer and unnecessarily treated her with chemo.
“September of ’09 we were told she did not have cancer. January of ’10 Dr. Fata said she did. So, I don’t, I don’t know,” said White.
Not knowing if they are victims yet is why so many came to seek legal advice from the attorneys present.
“This is going to be very, very, thorny litigation. And it’s going to be difficult and it’s going to be very time consuming,” said Attorney Brian McKeen.
People were able to also get some medical answers from oncologist nurses like Angela Swantek who helped blow the whistle on Dr. Fata’s alleged crimes.
“My crusade for three years to finally see that man where he is at,” said Swantek at the podium.
Swantek tried to give some people answers about medications that they had questions about during their treatment. Christine Lewis told Swantek she received chemo treatment that she never should have had under Dr. Fata’s care.
“I just, I mean what do you do? I’m just sick. I mean, how could somebody do that?” said Christine Lewis.
The meeting was organized by Geraldine Parkin who put a group together on Facebook. Parkin’s husband had been under Dr. Fata’s care and they worry he was overmedicated.
To learn more about the group and get information passed out by the U.S Attorney’s office and the FBI please visit their site here: www.facebook.com/groups/403943543043105/
If you believe you or a family member or a loved one are victims, call the Victim Information Hotline with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI at: 1-888-702-0553.
IF YOU ARE REQUESTING A PATIENT FILE FOR A FORMER PATIENT, INCLUDING THE FILE OF A RELATIVE WHO IS NOW DECEASED:
Please submit your request via the victim services e-mail address: Usamie.firstname.lastname@example.org . If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Sandy Palazzolo at 313-226-9633.
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Please submit a brief description of the nature of your information to the victim services e-mail address, along with your preferred contact information:
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