Strained by Katrina

A 13,000 word article on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at the Memorial hospital, where patients were euthanized when it was deemed that they were too ill to be evacuated.

Those were incredibly difficult decisions, decisions which I deem wrong. Then again, I’m not in health care and I wasn’t there. It’s illegal to euthanize. Health care professionals have to work within the framework of the laws. They cannot make up their own when faced with an emergency situation. The fact that Pou and other doctors made life or death decisions daily might have compromised and biased their judgment on that fateful day.