9.11.2005

NOLA doctors euthanized patients.

Those who worked feverishly to prevent Terri Schiavo's death, but sat on their hands while New Orleans flooded, should consider this:
Doctors working in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans killed critically ill patients rather than leaving them to die in agony as they evacuated hospitals, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. With gangs of rapists and looters rampaging through wards in the flooded city, senior doctors took the harrowing decision to give massive overdoses of morphine to those they believed could not make it out alive.

In an extraordinary interview with The Mail on Sunday, one New Orleans doctor told how she 'prayed for God to have mercy on her soul' after she ignored every tenet of medical ethics and ended the lives of patients she had earlier fought to save.

Her heart-rending account has been corroborated by a hospital orderly and by local government officials. One emergency official, William 'Forest' McQueen, said: "Those who had no chance of making it were given a lot of morphine and lain down in a dark place to die."
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2 comments:

Bitty said...

I had heard elsewhere about this. And don't you know that there are plenty of those out there who will blame those doctors and not those who PUT those doctors into that horrific position.

This is a great blog...and I'm not saying it because I'm selling something. :)

Lee said...

I think this story is bogus. And someone should let McQueen know that his family is looking for him:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4220656.stm