MediHONEY Used at LIJ to Save Patient’s Leg

In a late-breaking story filed this afternoon by Newsday reporter Jonathan Starkey, doctors at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset (Long Island) credit a manuka honey dressing for saving a man’s leg from amputation.  http://www.newsday.com/iphone/ny-lihone0109,0,6510679.story

Later today television station WPIX, Channel 11 in New York City, ran a news story on the same patient, Mr Lloyd, which can be viewed at http://www.wpix.com/landing/?Doctors-Save-Mans-Leg-After-Treating-Wou=1&blockID=180073&feedID-1404.  In that segment, the following excerpt: “Lo and behold the healing powers of the substance first used by Egyptians 4,000 years ago began to fight the infection plaguing Lloyd’s right leg. A month after applying the product, doctors report the leg is good as new.”

On the 6PM edition of Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York City, the local ABC affiliate filed another story on the extraordinary recovery made by Mr Lloyd with the honey dressing. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/health&id=6593764

Franklin Lloyd and Dr Marcia Epstein (center), with nurse and therapist

Franklin Lloyd and Dr Marcia Epstein (center), with nurse and therapist

 

The patient, Franklin Lloyd, 68, had been close to a recommendation of amputation of his leg after a series of setbacks that allowed a yeast infection to invade his leg after taking immunosuppressant drugs for a kidney condition.  But doctors at North Shore LIJ, led by Dr Marcia Epstein, started treating the leg with MediHONEY some time back. Today Mr Lloyd’s leg is safe, and has not had to endure skin grafts or plastic surgery — not to mention the loss of a limb. (http://www.northshorelij.com/body.cfm?ID=51)

MediHONEY is a product of Princeton-based Derma Sciences Inc, and was cleared by the FDA in 2007 for certain uses.  http://dermasciencesinc.com/showpage.php?sid=47&id=1&pid=75&show=p  It is also used for diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers and bedsores.  MediHONEY has been frequently covered by the media.  It is made from New Zealand’s Manuka (leptospermum) honey, a longer-acting honey than any other known.  Honey has been used as a wound dressing in societies all over the world for thousands of years, but Derma Sciences believes that the formulation in MediHONEY is superior for many reasons.  Apparently the doctors in Manhasset agree.

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