Judge Awards $2.1 Million in Chelation Case (1995)


Stephen Barrett, M.D.
September 7, 2020

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.