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73 Subpoenaed in Memorial Hospital Deaths

by Kevin Caruso

October 26, 2005

Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti, Jr., has issued 73 subpoenas to individuals who were working at the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Foti is investigating allegations of euthanasia.

Foti said that the subpoenas were necessary because “cooperation…has not been as good as I had hoped.”

There were 45 dead bodies removed from Memorial several days after the storm; 11 died the weekend before Katrina hit, so up to 34 individuals may have been euthanized after the storm.

The conditions at the hospital were deplorable after Katrina hit and many critically ill patients were suffering. The allegations suggest that some desperate doctors euthanized patients to “end their suffering.”


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