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Harrowing Questions, and Ethics, During Katrina ‘Five Days at Memorial,’ by Sheri Fink


A friend recommended this book, it is highly rated on Amazon.

âFive Days at Memorial,' by Sheri Fink - NYTimes.com

Eight years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Floodwaters rose in the Uptown streets surrounding Memorial Medical Center, where hundreds of people slowly realized that they were stranded. The power grid failed, toilets overflowed, stench-filled corridors went dark. Diesel generators gave partial electricity. Hospital staff members smashed windows to circulate air. Gunshots could be heard, echoing in the city. Two stabbing victims turned up at this hospital, which was on life support itself, and were treated.

By Day 4 of the hurricane, the generators had conked out. Fifty-two patients in an intensive care wing lay in sweltering darkness; only a few were able to walk. The doctors and nurses, beyond exhaustion, wondered how many could survive.

When evacuations were done, 45 patients had not made it out alive. The State of Louisiana began an investigation; forensic consultants determined that 23 corpses had elevated levels of morphine and other drugs, and decided that 20 were victims of homicide.

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Amazon.com: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (9780307718969): Sheri Fink: Books

What an awful situation.

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