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  • Katrina and euthanasy

    http://www.lemonde.fr/web/depeches/[email protected],0.html

    Somebody could expain me ?

    Roughly : it seems that in the panic generated by Katrina, Generators of hospitals destroyed and evacuation of patients not possible, some doctors took on them to euthanasiate some patients?

    For now, i don' t judge but i am looking for information ?

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    From BBC News website:

    Medics in hurricane deaths probe
    Date: 27 Oct 2005

    US prosecutors have called dozens of hospital staff to give evidence over claims of a euthanasia policy in dealing with Hurricane Katrina victims.

    A total of 73 staff at New Orleans' Memorial Hospital were issued with the subpoenas, a spokeswoman for Louisiana's attorney general said. Those called include doctors, nurses, and support staff.

    A spokesman for Tenet Healthcare Corporation, the hospital's owner, said it was co-operating with investigators.

    Previously, Tenet said that 34 patients had died after the hospital was cut off by flood waters, and 24 of those had been in a facility on the hospital grounds run by a separate company.

    In all, more than 970 people are known to have died in the city and the surrounding state of Louisiana, and more than 200 in neighbouring Mississippi.

    Legal rights
    Louisiana attorney general's office said on Tuesday it was investigating the deaths of more than 200 people in total at nursing homes and hospitals during and after the hurricane.

    Allegations range from negligence to euthanasia, spokeswoman Kris Wartelle told Reuters news agency, adding that many were likely to be unsubstantiated.

    However, on Wednesday prosecutors issued the 73 summonses "for all levels of personnel" at Memorial Hospital.

    "All we can say is that we had to issue the subpoenas to get those people to talk to us," Ms Wartelle said.

    Two weeks ago Tenet's assistant general counsel, Audrey Andrews, sent out a memo detailing the legal rights of staff and pointing out that employees could decide whether or not they wanted to be interviewed.

    The Memorial Hospital denied any attempt to dissuade people from coming forward.

    "We have never discouraged any employee from working with the Louisiana attorney-general's office," CNN quoted a spokesman as saying.

    Two nursing home owners were charged with manslaughter in September over the deaths of 34 people at St Rita's home.

    Mable Mangano and Salvador Mangano Sr were accused of ignoring mandatory orders to evacuate residents.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4381624.stm
    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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    • #3
      "You're doin' a heck of a job, Brownie!"

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      • #4
        Thanks for the information .........

        I don't know if there is something to judge ...... Each cas must be examined.....

        If a patient is in an intensive medical unit and cannot be transported and if the electricity lack means his death in intense suffrering ?

        If there were gross negligencies, it is something different .......

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