According to medical experts, children cannot be taken off insulin and will die if they are.
"For Type 1 diabetes (juvenile onset), your pancreas is actually being destroyed by the body," said Dr. Paul Strumph, a board-certified pediatric and adult endocrinologist with Asheville Endocrinology Consultants. "It's an autoimmune disease, and we don't know what triggers it. When more than 90 percent of the pancreas is destroyed, that's really when someone has the presentation of diabetes."
If you take a person with Type 2, or adult onset, diabetes off insulin, they usually do not die.
"But a Type 1 diabetic will die without insulin," he said.
Insulin is a protein hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates sugar in the blood. Diabetics don't produce enough insulin, and the resulting high blood sugar damages internal organs and can cause blindness.
The warrant was secured by Buncombe County Sheriff's Department detectives Stephen W. Fredrickson and Samuel M. Constance. It states that Kolitwenzew said Perry examined Helena but did not take any body fluids from her.
"Dr. Perry then told Mrs. Kolitwenzew that Helena was misdiagnosed and did not have juvenile diabetes but rather a virus," the warrant reads. "Furthermore, Dr. Perry told Mrs. Kolitwenzew that he could cure Helena's illness at the same time taking her off insulin. This would be done by replacing the medicine with vitamins and herbs."
Perry prescribed a regimen of vitamin C and an herb called arnica, while at the same time decreasing Helena's insulin. Arnica is often used as a treatment for sprains, strains, stiffness, bruising, swelling and local tenderness.
"Dr. Perry stated to Mrs. Kolitwenzew that Helena had to get rid of the toxic insulin in her system before she could get better," the warrant states. Kolitwenzew told detectives she followed Perry's written and oral instruction and that when Helena became sick, "Dr. Perry had all the answers."
Kolitwenzew said that the last stage of Perry's instructions called for decreasing Helena's insulin over six days, with insulin delivery completely stopping on the sixth day. Helena last received insulin on Oct. 19, and initially started vomiting.
Kolitwenzew said she called Perry and he advised her to give Helena honey followed by water and salt. Over the next 24 hours, the girl's health deteriorated rapidly, and her mother says she called Perry repeatedly for advice.
"At one point Helena's health became so poor that Mrs. Kolitwenzew called Dr. Perry for instructions on how to put Helena back on the insulin," the warrant reads. "Mrs. Kolitwenzew was told by the receptionist that Dr. Perry would no longer treat Helena if she was to go back on insulin. This statement was later confirmed by Dr. Perry himself.
"When Mrs. Kolitwenzew stated that she thought that Helena was going into a coma, Dr. Perry stated that she needed to believe and have faith, and that Helena was like a drug addict going through withdrawal," the warrant continues.
Around 1 p.m. on Oct. 21, Kolitwenzew called Perry, "stating that Helena had stopped breathing. Dr. Perry then told her to call 911, which she did."
Paramedics tried to revive Helena, but she was dead on arrival at Mission St. Joseph's Health System.
Kolitwenzew has returned to her home in Richmond, Va., where Helena was buried. The Citizen-Times was unable to reach Kolitwenzew for comment.
Perry's attorney, Locke Bell of Gastonia, said the version of events as presented by the detectives in the search warrant is incorrect.
"We dispute that version, and we're looking forward to having the truth come out in court, because it has not come out so far," Bell said. "Laurence Perry did not and would never do the things he's accused of."
In several pre-trial motions he filed in the case, Bell asserts that "the defendant has no idea what act it is alleged that he did which could have been the proximate cause of anyone's death." A motion to dismiss the case and other motions have not been heard.