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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingA former patient of Dr. Warren Stack tells Eyewitness News the doctor's crimes go beyond prescribing too many narcotic pain pills. The patient's family told KSL the doctor led this man to believe he was dying when he wasn't.
Knowing that, it's easy to imagine why Richard Stewart and his wife are glad Dr. Stack has lost his medical license. They say he should never be able to treat patients again.
When Richard Stewart saw Dr. Stack in 2003, he was expecting to be treated for a problem with his leg. Instead, he was told he had a bad heart. Dr. Stack put him on a regimen of pills. "There was 26 different medicines," Jeannine Stewart, Richard's Wife, said.
After the hospital ran some tests, Dr. Stack told the Stewarts Richard's heart problem was dire.
Jeannine said, "He told me he had to be put on a heart transplant list, that he had four months to live. I thought the world had caved in on me."
While they dealt with the news, Richard continued taking the massive amounts of pills. "He was like he was a zombie. He'd talk to you, but you couldn't make heads or tails of what he was saying to you," Jeanine said.
Richard told KSL, "I didn't even know my own family at times. It was really bad."
Eventually, Richard went to the hospital, where another doctor threw out most of the pills. And when Stewart's wife called their own doctor, she got a shock. "He said, ‘I have treated your husband all these years. His heart isn't that bad,'" she said.
To prove it, the doctor sent them to a specialist who ran tests for three days and said Stack's diagnosis was completely wrong. "He didn't need a heart transplant, he didn't need nothing," Jeanine said.
The family was very angry and tried to file a malpractice suit against Dr. Stack, but because Stack hadn't injured Richard, they couldn't do anything. Needless to say, the couple was very happy when they finally saw Stack was arrested.