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September 12, 2005

Doctors: Hurricane Katrina Forced Us to Kill Patients

Topics: Natural Disasters

Apparently the culture of death, advocates of euthanasia, have sufficiently worked their influence such that some have taken the remedy used in the Terri Schiavo case one step further - to be applied not only to the severely infirmed and the disabled, but to patients are 'believed' to be "going to die anyway." Said one doctor, "It came down to giving people the basic human right to die with dignity." Yet although that may very well be true, guess who got to decide. (Hint - it wasn't the patient!)

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."

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 Louisiana.

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 reported.

"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."

While none of us have the right to second guess the decision made by these doctors, and it is absolutely the case that those in desperate need after Katrina flooded the city should have been provided for, I offer that it was not "American authorities," that "appalingly failed," but rather state and local officials who failed to follow their own evacuation plan, along with a mindset spawned by the euthanasia movement - that a doctor or a court can decide when one's life is over or not worth saving to the very last breath of a natural death.

Related:
Brief Reflections on Euthanasia (Father Frank Pavone, Priests For Life)

Are Euthanasia Advocates Taking Over America's Hospice Industry? (and this is back in 2003 - where are we now?)

A Merciful End: The Euthanasia Movement in Modern America (Book Review)

Forcing Doctors to Kill (American Thinker)

Euthanasia is sweeping America. (Written by a home-schooled 15 year-old.)

Posted by Richard at September 12, 2005 7:08 PM



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