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  • Joe McCarron, 75, died of COVID-19 after being convinced to leave the hospital by anti-vaccines.

  • Video shows an anti-vaxxer telling McCarron that staying in the hospital would kill him.

  • Two days after leaving, McCarron was rushed back to hospital and died the next day.

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A 75-year-old man in Ireland has died of COVID-19 after anti-vaccines convinced him to leave hospital against medical advice, the Irish Mirror reported.

A video posted on social media shows Joe McCarron, who received intensive care treatment at a hospital in Donegal, convinced to leave by Italian national Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu.

Mureddu, a member of the so-called Earth Freedom Movement, filmed the video and posted it on his Telegram channel.

In the video, Mureddu tells the frail McCarron, “Put on your pants, my friend. We’re going home. You are safe.

A nurse is heard telling Mureddu that what he is doing is wrong and that he is putting McCarron’s life in danger by getting him out of the hospital.

“You have the right to decide what you want to do, but I don’t think what he’s saying is right,” the doctor told McCarron, who is breathing heavily in a wheelchair.

“You are barely able to breathe now. We want you to stay to help yourself,” the doctor said.

“If you stay here, they’ll fuckin ‘kill you, Joe,” Mureddu interjects.

The doctor continues to beg McCarron to stay, telling him that his best chance of survival is to stay in the hospital.

Mureddu insists medics are lying about the seriousness of the older man’s condition before changing tactics and saying it would be better for McCarron to die at home than in the hospital.

“These people, they’re lying, so let’s go home now, my friend,” Mureddu told McCarron.

“It’s better if he dies in the house than to die here. He is going to die with us,” Mureddu said.

During the exchange, McCarron remains mostly silent before finally agreeing to leave with the Italian activist.

After leaving the hospital on Tuesday, McCarron’s condition deteriorated sharply and he returned to the hospital two days later, the Irish Mirror reported.

McCarron died in hospital Friday morning, according to the newspaper.

Antonio Mureddu Gravegliu, who lives in Galway, is a far-right activist who has previously tried to organize rallies in Ireland to support Italy’s right-wing Lega Nord party.

Mureddu claimed McCarron had contacted him and asked him to help him leave the hospital on his Telegram channel.

He frequently posts posts criticizing blockages and mandates for vaccines and masks, and in a video, describes his attempts to travel from Ireland to France without a vaccine, mask or PCR test.

Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheál Martin criticized the anti-vaxxer for encouraging McCarron to leave the hospital, the Irish Mirror reported.

“If you get it (COVID-19) you should treat it as very serious,” Martin said.

“Certainly it is scandalous that anyone who, in an uninformed manner, advises people to leave the hospital. It puts that person’s health at risk.”

The newspaper reported that a family spokesperson said McCarron’s wife Una wanted to apologize to hospital staff for what had happened.

“Una would like to thank the staff and apologize for the actions of Joe’s so-called reckless friends earlier in the week,” the spokesperson said.

“They did not help Joe’s recovery in any way. We encourage everyone to follow appropriate medical advice.”

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