An Australian woman died after a man who pretended to be a ‘doctor’ gave her a bogus cancer cure, a parliamentary committee heard Tuesday.
The Social Development Committee hearing into unregistered and deregistered doctors took evidence from Shirley O'Donnell, whose daughter Shannon died 36 days after receiving "ozone treatment" in 2003 from a man known as Lubo Bitelco of Stirling, Australia.
Stirling is a suburb of Perth.
O'Donnell was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003 and went to Bitelco after hearing from a friend about his treatments.
Ozone treatment is an alternative treatment that has been widely debated. It usually involves administering ozone in gas form.
The coroner found Shannon O'Donnell died from sepsis and that it was unclear whether the infection was from the treatment or whether the cancer was responsible.
Bitelco promised Shannon O'Donnell a "50 percent cure" after giving her a treatment known as "vaginal blowing" during which she had to move up and down on the bed saying "Oh, boy," O'Donnell said.
The committee heard he offered to continue the treatment for almost $10,000, showing her albums and videos of previous clients.
"Shannon . . . told me he had an album of women patients whom he photographed nude, and she had advised Lubo she would not be photographed nude while being treated," O'Donnell said.