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August 20, 2013
Man loses toes after being treated by Colo. veterinarian
GREELEY, Colo. — A local veterinarian was ticketed Wednesday, accused of treating a man who came to him complaining of pain in his toes.
A medical professional at North Colorado Medical Center informed police in June that a man who was having toes amputated at the hospital had possibly been treated by a veterinarian. The man's wife told police a person had referred them to Greeley veterinarian Fran Freemyer, and Freemyer ultimately said he thought he could treat the ailment, applying a topical cream to the man's toes, according to a police report. The man, whose name has not been released, said the cream had no effect on his ailment and his condition continued to worsen, resulting in him having several toes amputated, the report states.
Freemyer, 78, was cited for unauthorized practices — practicing medicine without a license, a misdemeanor. Freemyer initially denied treating humans but eventually told police he applied an experimental cream — purported to detect and treat cancer — to the man's foot, according to the report.
Freemyer told police he received the cream from the manufacturing company for free, as it is in experimental stages, the report states. A representative of that company said Freemyer had been receiving the cream to test on animals, according to the document.
The man's wife said they paid Freemyer $100 for the treatment.
Freemyer did not return phone messages left Thursday afternoon, but he told the Associated Press that he never directly treated the man. Freemyer told the news agency he gave the cream to a person to use on a dog with skin cancer, and the dog's owner gave it to a neighbor, unbeknownst to him.
Greeley police Sgt. Susan West said that so far, no others have said Freemyer treated them, but police believe there may be other victims. They are asking that anyone who may have received treatment or who may have information regarding this investigation contact Mike Heck with the Greeley Police Department at (970) 350-9617.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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