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'America's Holistic Heart Doc' takes stand against Dr. Eden Wells

The state's top doctor was back in a Flint courtroom Tuesday for her preliminary exam in connection with the Flint water crisis. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - The state's top doctor was back in a Flint courtroom Tuesday for her preliminary exam in connection with the Flint water crisis.

Dr. Eden Wells faces several charges, including the involuntary manslaughter of a Flint man who died after contracting Legionnaires disease.

Tuesday there was new testimony about the man's death.

His name was 83-year-old John Snyder.

This case revolves around whether Dr. Eden wells inaction telling the public about the Legionnaires outbreak lead to his death.

The defense says Snyder died from Legionnaires disease in June of 2015.

On the stand was a man who Readers Digest calls ‘America's Holistic Heart Doc’, Dr. Joel Kahn.

He's a metro Detroit doctor the prosecution brought in as an expert witness.

Dr. Kahn, who never treated Snyder, says Snyder likely contracted Legionella while being treated at McLaren Flint.

The doctor says there's no question in his mind as to why Snyder died.

"That he died of pneumonia that was determined on the last day of his life to be related to Legionella. Were it not for that infection, it's certainly my opinion he would not have died that day,” Kahn said.

Also on the stand, Julie Borowski the head of risk management at McLaren flint.

She says McLaren told the Genesee County Health Department and MDHHS about Legionella in 2015.

But neither organization told the public about it.

Attorney Todd Flood claimed Dr Wells was trying to treat McLaren as a target trying to blame it on them.

In the end 12 people died from Legionella in Flint, some contracting it at McLaren.


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