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Medics held over Katrina deaths
(BBC News, 18 July 2006)
A doctor and two nurses have been arrested in the US city of New Orleans over the deaths of hospital patients after Hurricane Katrina last year. . . . The Louisiana attorney general's office said the three had been charged with murdering four patients. . . . At least 34 patients died at Memorial Medical Center, which was cut off after Katrina hit the city on 29 August. . . . Prosecutors have investigated claims of negligence and euthanasia and subpoenaed 73 staff in the inquiry. . . . Louisiana Attorney General Charles C Foti said: "This is not euthanasia. This is homicide." . . . He added: "While I am aware of the horrendous conditions that existed after Hurricane Katrina... I believe that there is no excuse for intentionally killing another living human being." . . . A lawyer for one of the accused, Dr Anna Pou, said she was innocent of the charges. . . . Patients at Memorial were stranded for four days without power after Katrina struck, before being moved to safety. . . . Tenet Healthcare Corporation, which owns Memorial, said the arrest warrants alleged that the medics "may have administered pain medication that hastened the deaths of certain patients in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina". . . . "If proven true, these allegations are very disturbing. Euthanasia is repugnant to everything we believe as ethical healthcare providers, and it violates every precept of ethical behaviour and the law." . . . In all, more than 970 people are known to have died in Louisiana in the aftermath of Katrina, and more than 200 in neighbouring Mississippi. . . . In a separate case, two nursing home owners were charged with manslaughter last year over the deaths of dozens of people at the St Rita's home. . . . They are accused of ignoring orders to move residents out.
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posted by Lorenzo 2:03 PM

Nameless hurricane victims fill U.S. morgues
(IOL, July 6, 2006)
Nearly 50 people killed by Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters more than 10 months ago remain unidentified, the Orleans Parish coroner said on Wednesday. . . . Some of the remains were discovered in the last several months as family members or construction workers began demolishing heavily damaged homes in the Ninth Ward and Lakeview, said Dr Frank Minyard. Others were found by firefighters doing new searches. . . . "The more they go down and do work, the more remains they're finding. I think this is going to go on a good while," he said. . . . About 40 of the people yet to be identified were found before federal officials turned over the work to Minyard, whose offices and equipment were destroyed by the August 29 storm. . . . Officials have been unable to find DNA matches for those remains. All of them are skeletal, meaning DNA, dental records or prosthetic joint information is needed to make an identification. . . . Nearly 1,600 Louisiana deaths have been attributed to Katrina.
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posted by Lorenzo 3:08 PM

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