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Katrina: “We had to kill our patients”

"Doctors working in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans killed critically ill patients rather than leaving them to die in agony as they evacuated hospitals,"
The British Daily Mail has broke one of the most shocking stories (there are many) coming out of the Katrina... and of course the American media has snuffed the story. The Daily Mail is a right-wing Thatcherite rag, so take this story's POV with a grain of salt (in fact bring the whole saltshaker) The ridiculous assumption that looters were the major problem (The barbarians are at the gate, we must slay our wounded) for medical care. Instead of lack of resources and support. Lack of transportation, food, water electricity...
The media really hates this story, Initially ignoring it, then blaming the victims, Then trying to find any other story that could bump it off the headline (Judge Geezer's death for example) But it's just too massive to ignore and its effects are too great on the entire world.
My personal reaction to this disaster has ranged from total disbelief to cynical acceptance. Nothing new about the war on the poor(2million in prison!) The lack of social/public responsibility (How many dead "intercities " does US have?) Lack of public spending, crumbling infrastructure, capitalism's inability to see past its own short-term profits, racism, bigotry, the general myopicism ... Mindsets unfortunately don't change instantly just because they're facing disaster.


"The 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."
 link to www.dailymail.co.uk
more twisted is the comment purging... 13.Sep.2005 17:05

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and all the comments there are being purged to all be a pity party for the doctors--not the people they killed.