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Patient of Dr. Fata speaks out about her experiences

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Rhonda Teague was a patient of Dr. Farid Fata. Fata has pleaded guilty to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

The government says he put some patients through treatments that weren’t necessary. In fact, some of those patients didn’t even have cancer.

Teague says she was given grueling throat cancer treatments that weren’t necessary.

“I threw up a lot, I had third degree burns all the way down my throat and into my chest cavity,” said Teague.

The Holly resident says she’s still suffering from the chemotherapy Dr. Fata prescribed.

“I’m losing part of my teeth, I still have no taste buds. I have no mucus glands and that’s really bad because my mouth is constantly dry.”

Not to mention Teague says she loses her voice much of the time.

This was her last day on the job delivering chips and snacks, she says she just doesn’t have the energy that is necessary to do her job.

“I’m weak, I’m not the same. My energy level is not the same. I don’t have the same appetite. It hurt my relationship with my husband,” said Teague.

Prosecutors want Dr. Fata to be sentenced to 175 years in prison. Teague says “I would like him to get the 175 years, and I hope to God the court system will not give him the 25 years because he deserves 175 plus chemo.”

Teague says she still has unseen scars inflicted by Dr. Fata.

“Families and friends need to understand. Right now I haven’t been to another doctor in over a year, because I’m scared to death to go.”

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