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Doctor Who Injected Patients With Teen Blood Plasma Absurdly Claims Deceased Patient Faked His Own Death

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Countering a claim of medical malpractice or negligence would usually seem to make sense, but it makes significantly less sense when the counter argument is to insist that the deceased isn’t actually dead.

That was the claim made by the founder of Ambrosia, Jesse Karmazin, in a series of emails sent to Huffington Post recently.

Ambrosia, and Karmazin’s second company known as Ivy Plasma, offered clients human plasma infusions. Karmazin claimed that these infusions offered benefits such as age-reversal and near-immortality to patients who received them.

The plasma used by Karmazin was from adolescent donors, which he claimed provided multiple benefits. Karmazin said as little as one treatment “dramatically improves people’s appearance, their memory and their strength.”

In reality, plasma transfusion comes with a slew of risks best avoided if the procedure is not medically necessary. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has since issued a warning against undergoing these untested procedures.

“We have significant public health concerns about the promotion and use of plasma for these purposes.”

“There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent these conditions, and there are risks associated with the use of any plasma product.”

“Patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies.”

In his emails to HuffPost, Karmazin accused the paper of defamation, threatened legal action and alleged that he had received a phone call from the deceased, saying:

“I have a rather surprising piece of information to discuss with you. I was recently called by [the patient]. Suffice it to say, it appears he faked his own death ― he had mentioned some financial difficulties he had encountered, which perhaps might explain his motivation. I have to assume you have no objective evidence of his passing away.”

Unfortunately for him, the news organization did, in fact, have objective evidence of the man’s death. Death certificates are publicly available and they had obtained a copy during their original exposé of Karmazin’s company.

When confronted with this evidence, instead of apologizing or simply retreating into obscurity, Karmazin doubled down in his threats of legal action against the paper.

He didn’t have a way to refute the death certificate, though.

“In light of a death certificate, I have to agree that this patient is dead.” 


Jesselyn Cook, who covered the story for HuffPost, warned folks on Twitter that Karmazin was still in business under a different company name.

Users appreciated the warning.

It would seem that claiming that someone who is demonstrably dead is actually still alive is not the best way to direct suspicion away from oneself.

As the saying goes: the truth will set you free.

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Written by Winn Sioux Christnot-Peters

Winn Sioux Christnot-Peters is a writer/web designer and aspiring librarian based in Northern Maine. When not writing or in class, they devote much of their time to multiple non-profit organizations, largely focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. During rare moments of free time Winona enjoys video and tabletop games, as well as various nerdy fiber crafts such as crocheting (mainly amigurumi Pokémon, cat toys, and blankets) and counted cross stitch.