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NOLA doctors: 'We had to put down our patients'

“Those who had no chance of making it were given a lot of morphine and lain down in a dark place to die.”
–emergency official, William ‘Forest’ McQueen on patients euthanized in NOLA during the chaos

I think we know in our hearts that given the conditions we knew about during the darkest hours of the aftermath of Katrina, with hospitals without power, AC and clean water, that for the sickest patients it was misery. There was gunfire and lawlessness outside the hospital.

For the doctors with a conscience you know it had to come down to this. These men and women cannot be punished for doing what they had to do when it was unclear whether anyone one was coming to help them, the gravely ill, and the dying. (Daily Mail):

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. …Euthanasia is illegal in Louisiana, and The Mail on Sunday is protecting the identities of the medical staff concerned to prevent them being made scapegoats for the events of last week. Their families believe their confessions are an indictment of the appalling failure of American authorities to help those in desperate need after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city, claiming thousands of lives and making 500,000 homeless.

…”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.” The doctor, who finally fled her hospital late last week in fear of being murdered by the armed looters, said: “This was not murder, this was compassion. They would have been dead within hours, if not days. We did not put people down. What we did was give comfort to the end.

“I had cancer patients who were in agony. In some cases the drugs may have speeded up the death process. “We divided patients into three categories: those who were traumatised but medically fit enough to survive, those who needed urgent care, and the dying.

“People would find it impossible to understand the situation. I had to make life-or-death decisions in a split second.

“It came down to giving people the basic human right to die with dignity.

The Freepi are trying to say this is a hoax, though some of their own say this story was reported on the air on FoxNews as well.

Another paper covering this is the Daily Telegraph. American McQueen is married to a Brit, which might additionally explain why this story is not getting MSM attention, aside from the queasy, ethical issues/Schiavo factor. Guess they just cannot handle the truth…

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