Florida resident Anna Borgia was a supporter of former President Donald Trump until she found out that just before leaving office, he granted clemency to the doctor who left her blind, according to The Daily Beast.
Dr. Salomon Melgen subjected Borgia and “ scores of other patients to unnecessary treatments—often involving injections directly into the eye—before being sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for the biggest Medicare fraud on record.”
“I’m writing a letter to Trump,” Borgia told The Daily Beast this week. “I’m very disappointed in him, I’m going to tell him, ‘Why did you pardon this son of a bitch?’”
The son-of-bitch is Dr. Salomon Melgen, who was convicted of defrauding Medicare and insurance companies of as much as $73 million. Borgia repeated what she told Judge Kenneth Marra at Melgen’s sentencing in Palm Beach federal court in 2018.
“He should be in jail for the rest of his life because he ruined my life,” Borgia said.
Borgia first went to see Melgen when she began having minor trouble with her eye, which had undergone cataract surgery by a different doctor who had since retired.
“Her husband, Andrew Borgia, came along to the first visit just to keep her company,” The Daily Beast reported. “Melgen began giving them both treatments, injections and laser.”
In the end, Anna Borgia ended up blind in both eyes. Since her husband’s death, unrelated to his eye treatments, she subsists on frozen meals and depends on others to take her places.
As for Trump, Borgia’s support dissipated immediately on Jan. 20, two days after her 92nd birthday, when she heard on the television she can no longer see that he had granted Melgen clemency.
“I said WHAT?” she later told The Daily Beast.
Borgia was feeling betrayed and angry and in her condo on Thursday. She recalled Melgen’s response when she told him she was completely blind.
“I says to him, ‘Doc, I can’t see,” she remembered. “He says, ‘Oh, it takes time.’”