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Friday, October 28, 2005

Over 70 Subpoenas Served in New Orleans Euthanasia Investigation

From ScienceDaily

Louisiana has subpoenaed 73 people as part of an investigation as to whether euthanasia was used in a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina.

On the orders of Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti, the subpoenas went to employees of Memorial Medical Center, which is owned by Tenet Healthcare, CNN reported.

A doctor and nurse manager had said that three days after Katrina flooded most of New Orleans Aug. 29, staff members at Memorial had repeated discussions about euthanizing patients they thought might not survive the ordeal.

After the allegations, Foti's office asked that autopsies be performed on all 45 bodies taken from the hospital after the storm.

Tenet said most of the 45 patients who died were critically ill, and about 11 patients died the weekend before the hurricane struck and were placed in the morgue.

This probe now involves 19 hospitals and nursing homes. I think many of the reports will prove to be explainable, but based on previous reports, the Memorial hospital case looks very suspicious. However it's still too early to jump to conclusions. I'm glad Louisiana AG is following up on this aggressively.
papijoe 7:49 AM