killed -- because physicians did not know how to cope with their illnesses or disabilities within the environment of a disaster.
The worry I think even for Fink, I infer, is to avoid putting doctors and other medical professionals in situations where they might be forced to kill again.
From The New York Times article
Emmett Everett, a 380-pound man — was “very aware” of his surroundings. He had fed himself breakfast that morning and asked Robichaux, “So are we ready to rock and roll?”What happened to Emmett Everett has nothing to do with disaster planning; it has everything to do with doctors being unable to deal with a specific situation and choosing the easy way out.
The 61-year-old Honduran-born manual laborer was at LifeCare awaiting colostomy surgery to ease chronic bowel obstruction, according to his medical records. Despite a freakish spinal-cord stroke that left him a paraplegic at age 50, his wife and nurses who worked with him say he maintained a good sense of humor and a rich family life, and he rarely complained. He ...had no D.N.R. order.
Everett’s roommates had already been taken downstairs on their way to the helicopters, whose loud propellers sent a breeze through the windows on his side of the LifeCare floor. Several times he appealed to his nurse, “Don’t let them leave me behind.” His only complaint that morning was dizziness ... .
... what happened next. She told Justice Department investigators that she watched Pou and two nurses draw fluid from vials into syringes. Then Johnson guided them to Emmett Everett in Room 7307.