- Doctors: Hurricane Katrina Forced Us to Kill Patients

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Mon Sep 12 21:27:07 MDT 2005

Jeeze!!! I'm stunned they didn't try to blame Bush for making them 
kill patients!


John Q.

On Mon Sep 12 20:23:58 PDT 2005, Richard A Whitenight 
<rum.runner at> wrote:

> I can not agree with this action by doctors who are charged with 
> saving
> lives, regardless of the fact that the patients would not survive 
> a
> transfer.  These doctors should be held accountable for their 
> actions by
> the AMA and/or local/state law enforcement agencies.
> ..........
> Doctors: Hurricane Katrina Forced Us to Kill Patients
> Monday, Sept. 12, 2005 Doctors working in hurricane-ravaged New 
> Orleans killed critically ill
> patients rather than leave them behind to die in agony as they 
> evacuated
> hospitals, according to a shocking report in the respected 
> British
> newspaper the Daily Mail.
> One emergency official who spoke on the record, William "Forest" 
> McQueen,
> told the Mail: "Those who had no chance of making it were given a 
> lot of
> morphine and lain down in a dark place to die." McQueen, a 
> utility manager for the town of Abita Springs near New
> Orleans, told relatives that patients had been "put down," saying 
> medical
> personnel "injected them, but nurses stayed with them until they 
> died." The Mail did not name the other members of the medical 
> staff interviewed
> by the newspaper in order to protect their identities. Euthanasia 
> is
> illegal in Louisiana. One doctor said: "I didn't know if I was 
> doing the right thing. But I did
> not have time. I had to make snap decisions, under the most 
> appalling
> circumstances, and I did what I thought was right. "I injected 
> morphine into those patients who were dying and in agony. If
> the first dose was not enough, I gave a double dose. And at night 
> I
> prayed to God to have mercy on my soul. "This was not murder. 
> This was compassion. I had cancer patients who were
> in agony." The doctor said medical staffers divided patients into 
> three categories:
> those who were medically fit enough to survive, those who needed 
> urgent
> care, and the dying, the Mail reported. "It came down to giving 
> people the basic human right to die with
> dignity," said the doctor. "There were patients with ‘Do Not 
> Resuscitate' signs. Under normal
> circumstances, some could have lasted several days. But when the 
> power
> went out, we had nothing. "Some of the very sick became 
> distressed. We tried to make them as
> comfortable as possible. "You have to understand, these people 
> were going to die anyway."
> According to the Mail, the confessions of the medical staff "are 
> an
> indictment of the appalling failure of American authorities to 
> help those
> in desperate need after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city."

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