The Heroic Dr. Jones & the Gift of a Boy’s Life, by Mary Beth Pfeiffer

The world needs a lot more Dr. Jones and a lot fewer (none) Dr. Faucis. From Mary Beth Pfeiffer at

Before covid and doctors like Pierre Kory, Paul Marik, and Peter McCullough, Dr. Charles Ray Jones saved children from another deadly disease big medicine chooses not to understand: Lyme disease.

Editor’s note: Our writer Mary Beth Pfeiffer, an award-winning investigative reporter, is a rare mainstream journalist who has written about flawed policies on covid treatment. Before covid, she wrote articles and a book, Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Changethat told of heroes like Dr. Charles Ray Jones. After a half-century of giving Lyme disease-infected children their lives back, Dr. Jones died in May at ninety-three. “Mainstream medicine never accepted Jones’ way of treating tick-borne illnesses,” Mary Beth says. “It should.” This is the story of one of many children Dr. Jones saved. —MC (Michael Capuzzo)

Dr. Jones, 87, comforts Troy Murphy, then 11, in a home visit in a Hartford, Connecticut, suburb in December 2016. With a scientific mind and the compassion of a great doctor, Dr. Jones expertly treated Troy and many children who were sickened by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. For challenging a dogma that strictly limits such care, he suffered a tremendous personal cost. His reward was Troy Murphy’s life. (Photo by Mary Beth Pfeiffer)

Dr. Charles Ray Jones was eighty-seven years old and in his waning days of doctoring when Troy Murphy became his patient in late 2016. Early that year, the boy, age ten, had turned in mere weeks from exuberant, active, and whip-smart in school to unable to eat or walk and consumed by pain. Within months he was living in a hospital bed in the family living room. He was fed through a tube.

For his first appointment, this withered young boy was carried into Jones’ office, screaming and fearful of another doctor. In a three-hour examination he was reassured, and he came to trust. “You can be the same Troy you were before all this happened,” Jones, a giant of a man in a sweatsuit, told him. “You are fixable.”

And so Troy was. Two years later, he returned to school in a wheelchair, first part-time, then, months later, full-time. The following year, he started to walk the halls on his own. Today, six years later, Troy is a high school junior who hopes to try out for varsity soccer. He smiles broadly in family photos. He hikes and banters with his four brothers like he used to. He is happy and whole.

Dr. Jones died on May 15, 2022, at the age of ninety-three, from cardiopulmonary edema. Troy may have been one of the last children saved from disability and even death by this remarkable pediatrician. But, among thousands Jones treated from an office in New Haven, Connecticut, Troy was surely not the only one.

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One response to “The Heroic Dr. Jones & the Gift of a Boy’s Life, by Mary Beth Pfeiffer

  1. Thank you for posting. It was “just what the doctor ordered” today.

    Love, Jeff


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