Friday, September 16, 2005

FEMA orders doctor to leave survivors to die

Apparently, his paperwork was not in order.

Doctor says FEMA ordered him to stop treating hurricane victims

In the midst of administering chest compressions to a dying woman several days after Hurricane Katrina struck, Dr. Mark N. Perlmutter was ordered to stop by a federal official because he wasn't registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"I begged him to let me continue," said Perlmutter, who left his home and practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Pennsylvania to come to Louisiana and volunteer to care for hurricane victims. "People were dying, and I was the only doctor on the tarmac (at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport) where scores of nonresponsive patients lay on stretchers. Two patients died in front of me.

In other news from Ground Sub-Zero, a New York Times article reports how FEMA commandered supplies a private hospital company was trying to bring in to Methodist hospital. "Those supplies were in fact taken from us by FEMA, and we were unable to get them to the hospital. We then determined that it would be better to send our supplies, food and water to Lafayette <130 miles from New Orleans> and have our helicopters fly them from Lafayette to the hospital," said Universal Health Service's general counsel Bruce Gilbert.

FEMA also commandered supplies from Oschner Clinic, and prevent helicopters from reaching the internally famous suburban New Orleans hospital.

How much more do we have to hear before the bloody bastards of FEMA are brought to justice?

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