10.17.2005

update: mercy killings?

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Did staff at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center carry out "mercy killings" during Hurricane Katrina?

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UPDATE: 10-17-05

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office is overseeing the investigation into whether or not there were indeed "Mercy Killings" carried out at New Orleans Memorial Hospital. They are also overseeing the investigation into the possible abandonement of elderly patients at a New Orleans nursing home. The scope of the investigation is staggering.

Over 20% of the deaths attributed to Hurricane Katrina are now being called into question.

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5 comments:

TGL said...

What? No comments from jimmy to help mold my thinking on this issue? Just citing the article and that is it? Maybe Katie's return is keeping jimmy busy.....

jimmy said...

Katie's been keeping me busy allright... CLEANING THE HOUSE!!!

I just wanted to throw this one out there. I've heard compelling arguments both for and against euthanasia. My mind isn't made on this topic. This case is interesting though. If this story is indeed true, these people did not want to die, the decision was made for them. In the days before the hurricane they had 2 or 3 deaths per day. During the week immediately following the hurricane 45 bodies were taken to the morgue from this hospital. Was it merciful for these care providers to haste the inevitable? Or was this a heinous, brutal, selfish act???

Jarred D said...

how'd i miss this one? i think you are right though its too close to call. total moral dilemma. if im being told im going to die, and im in complete pain, im gonna start drinking obscene amounts, smoking weed, shooting heroin, huffing aersol cheese wiz & smoking crack like its going out of style...jarred

ben said...

This issue would divide a room I’m sure. Deciding one way makes you either benevolent or sadistic and deciding the other makes you a coward or a masochist.

I believe that there is a time and a place for mercy killings, though I hope that I am never the one in that place or time.

I'd rather see mercy killings than honor killings...which, sadly, still occur on a regular basis in some 3rd world countries. Talk about not wanting to be taken out...

Jeff said...

can some one get me directions to Jared's house? I hear there is a huge party.