A man with lung cancer became violently ill and died after a doctor allegedly ordered an injection of aloe vera for him. The doctor is under investigation, and the worker who administered the treatment was arrested, state police said Tuesday.
Clarence H. Lander, 83, of Waco, Texas, died May 17, the same day he underwent the $12,000 treatment. The exact cause of death is under investigation.
Aloe vera, a cactus-like house plant, is thought to heal cuts and burns when its milky juice is applied to skin. But it is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for intravenous use.
Dr. Donald L. MacNay, an orthopedic surgeon, is under investigation. He has not been charged and is still licensed to practice medicine.
Ronald R. Sheetz, 41, an assistant to MacNay, was charged with nursing without a license. Investigators said MacNay ordered Sheetz to give Lander the injection.