Doctors Kill New Orleans Hospital Patients


Richard Moore

From: "Westaway" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Doctors Kill New Orleans Hospital Patients
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 17:29:13 -0700

I'm not being as forgiving as News Max in creating a headline
for this story.  Killing patients, whether terminal or not, is
murder - period.  And the biggest murderers are Bush and
Cheney who could have provided immediate helicopter rescue for
patients after the flood, but chose not to.

This is but another example that the Bush administration does
not value the lives of ordinary people and especially
non-white people.

- Don Nordin.

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." Story Continues Below

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

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

"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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Richard Moore (rkm)
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