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New Orleans doctor is charged with giving lethal injections during floods

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:218

Florida Fred Charatan

A doctor and two nurses were arrested on 18 July and charged with giving four patients, aged 62 to 91, lethal injections of sedatives during the flooding of New Orleans last year.

The patients were in the long term care facility on the seventh floor of Memorial Medical Center, which had been cut off by flooding and was surrounded by nearly two metres of water, after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on 29 August 2005. The hospital was left without electric power, supplies, or functioning …

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