In December 1995, the Houston Chronicle reported that State District Judge Mark Davidson had found Mohammed Kakvan, M.D. negligent in the 1992 death of 61-year-old Frank Vecchio. Testimony in the case indicated:
- Vecchio underwent quadruple bypass at age 46 but experienced no other major health problems until 1992 when he began experiencing chronic chest pains.
- Veccho began chelation with Kakvan on October 20, 1992 but died of a heart attack on November 20th.
- Chelation had been condemned by major health organizations.
- Kakvan should have recognized the severity of Vecchio’s symptoms and referred him for hospitalization under the care of a heart specialist.
The judge awarded $600,000 in actual damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages to Vecchio’s widow and his estate.