Families offer many stories of the “over-and-beyond” care provided by the resident doctor and Washougal staff
A huge crowd of supporters showed up at Scott Miller’s office in Washougal on Monday afternoon. He is a doctor’s assistant and, as a pediatrician, has dedicated himself to caring for children. But in the era of COVID-19, he was ready to help anyone who needed care and treatment.
Between 100 and 150 people came from across Clark County to support Miller. Patient by patient and parent by parent shared stories of the efforts Miller and his staff made to care for them or their children. They also shared stories of saving lives, including seniors in their late 80s and others with multiple, significant health problems.
Last Friday, the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) suspended Miller’s license to practice medicine. These people carried a message of “I want my doctor back!” They demanded the reinstatement of Miller’s license to continue to take care of her.
Miller is known in the community for advocating patient care, boosting their immune systems, and encouraging patients to stand up for themselves. At the start of the pandemic, before vaccines were available, he campaigned for the effectiveness of ivermectin and other treatments to fight COVID-19. He often referred to the recommendations of the Front Line Covid Critical Care Alliance and Dr. Pierre Kory.
At the end of the rally, Scott Miller and well over a hundred supporters gathered for a group photo. The Washington Medical Commission suspended Miller’s medical assistant license. Photo by John Ley
“Call him Dr. Scott,” Kelli Stewart exclaimed. “Do you know how many heads exploded when I gave him Dr. Scott call? People are going crazy and he’s not a doctor. He is a certified medical assistant and my doctor. “
Stewart announced that a new website has been created with information about the WMC suspension and how people can help. They also created a new Christian donation page that donates 100 percent of the contributions to the Miller Defense Fund at Give Send Go.
One of the stories is from 87-year-old Brooke. She is a retired nurse with a Masters Degree in Nursing Education. “I am passionate about Doctor Scott Miller,” she said. She has taught at Clark College and PeaceHealth.
Brooke and her husband and two siblings left on September 19 to visit their family in Montana. They found their somewhat disabled older brother and wife at their children’s home, both of whom were bedridden from COVID disease. They immediately returned their brother and his wife to Vancouver.
The next day the brother broke out with a fever of 101 degrees. He had bad coughing fits. Brooke’s husband broke out with a 100.4 fever. They all needed medical treatments. A friend recommended Miller, so Brooke took the group to his Washougal office. All tested positive for COVID-19.
“They took us in as patients,” said Brooke. “We went home and this wonderful volunteer team of nurses brought us all sorts of things. They served us and gave us advice. They were always ready. What a blessing for this community. “
On October 17, the entire group tested negative for COVID. “We didn’t have to bury anyone,” she said, praising the care and efforts of Miller and his team of nurses and staff. She talked about his kindness and his phone calls to see how they were doing. She spoke of God’s devotion to serve our community.
Brooke spoke about the Washington Medical Commission suspending Miller’s license. “How many COVID patients have you treated?” Brooke asked. “Shame on you!” she exclaimed. She knows far too many patients who have been sent home without treatment, until they became so sick they had to be taken to the intensive care unit.
Other Miller supporters
Other patients stepped forward to share their stories of Miller’s care and compassion. His hairdresser, Gary, told his story about Miller, who not only saved his father’s life but also the life of his girlfriend’s sister.
One lady spoke of having had a fever for two weeks and how Miller kept her out of the hospital.
Stewart said that based on the information they saw, none of Miller’s patients had complained about the care they were receiving. They all have nothing but praise for him and his staff. Apparently it was other doctors who complained because they were angry that Miller wanted to help “their” patients.
“It’s just bullying, plain and simple,” she said.
A mother named Wendy spoke about the impact Miller had on her children, especially her 15-year-old daughter.
“She has ADHD and she has dyslexia and really bad anxiety until I had to take her out of public school because she couldn’t even function there.” Whether it was about housework or everyday things like brushing your teeth and showering, it was almost impossible. “It would literally take days just to actually get up and get into the mindset of getting a task done. Today she does all of these things on time. “
“He listened to us,” she said. “He listened to her. He has referred us to several places. ”She also spoke of Miller finding solutions to problems her other children faced.
“We love Dr. Scott, “said Wendy. “He’s our doctor, he’s my doctor, he’s my pediatrician, he will always be. And we respect him. We want his license to be restored. “
A woman named Satin described a situation in Legacy Salmon Creek. She said that her mother had an infection and when they went there her mother was a “medical hostage”. She had called the sheriff and got no real answer. But later the hospital called the sheriff and officers showed up when a group of friends showed up to protest on behalf of Satin and her mother.
It was a terrible pause for a while. She said it was Miller’s intervention that made the difference.
One of many families hugs and poses for pictures with Scott Miller. They gathered to offer support and encouragement to Miller, his co-workers, and his family. Photo by John Ley
“Thank you, Doctor Scott, only for your love and friendship,” she said. “Thank you for just getting up and doing the right thing. I thank you so much. Thank you so much for being there for all of us. “
Another patient told her story. She has heart, lung and kidney disease. She takes dialysis and several other health problems. “I went to the emergency room, where they left me alone for eight hours, and then gave her 250 milligrams of fluids before sending her home at 1am.”
“Although I was severely dehydrated, I hadn’t eaten for three weeks, and I could barely hold a 16-ounce water bottle a day,” she said.
A friend found out about her situation and put her in touch with Miller. She commends him for the care and compassion she has received. “Within 24 hours of Scott’s treatment, I was able to have the food to myself and eat again,” she said. “I could get up, I could walk, my headache went away, my balance returned.”
“I really believe that for Dr. Miller is; Thank god he’s such a caring person, “she said,” he looks after us all and is just ready to take us in as patients. “
Heidi St. John, a 3rd district contestant, shared her story of how Miller looked after her family. He took care of her grandchildren. “When my family got COVID, he helped us,” she said. “When my son needed prescription drugs, we got ivermectin and other treatments.” Her son is doing great at the moment.
St. John extended the conversation. “They’re using this virus to take control and take your freedom, and that’s what this is about. This is about freedom ”, which caused great applause from the audience.
Another mother spoke of Miller’s “amazing integrity and kindness and compassion.” “He can be said to be destined to be God’s purpose for him because he’s just such a phenomenal doctor. He’s such a phenomenal person. And we are so blessed to have him as our daughter’s pediatrician. We will continue to fight for him. “
The rally ended with everyone gathering for a group photo, with Miller in front of the large group of supporters.
Stewart said there will be a formal hearing by the WMC in November and that patients and supporters will be able to submit letters of support to Miller to the WMC.
In the course of the investigation, friends created a GoFundMe account to help cover Miller’s legal expenses. Stewart announced that this page was closed yesterday. Apparently, the bureaucracy and anti-ivermectin efforts have a wide reach and people willing to harm good people like Miller, Stewart said.
She announced that GiveSendGo has set up an alternative donation page for supporters. Supporters also created a Reinstate Scott Miller page on social media. The main work has a Reinstate Scott Miller website with regular updates.