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Originally posted by Astronomer68
Grady didn't they lose their power and backup generators as well? If they did, many on life support would have died because of that--some not so quickly, but death would have been inevitable.
Two days after the storm, rising floodwaters shorted out the hospital's generators and batteries, shutting down critical support equipment such as ventilators and dialysis machines, said Steven Campanini, a spokesman for Dallas-based Tenet, which owns Memorial and four other New Orleans hospitals.
CNN's Aaron BROWN: These are very sick people, people who were terminal. And these are the people that you and they, the doctors and the administrator, are sort of focused on; is that right?
Bryant KING, MD: Well, we focused on all the patients. We treated all the patients the same, with the same degree of care.
But the DNR patients that were there, they were mixed in the population with the patients who weren't DNR. We didn't separate them out and say, the DNRs are here. We gave them DNR status. But we didn't separate them out and say, sit them over here and we will take the other patients... to some area of the hospital.
BROWN: You believe patients were euthanized. Do you believe a patient who was not DNR was euthanized?
KING: I think that the patients that were on the second floor, probably, at some point, things -- there were things done that shouldn't have been done.