DR. ANNA POU - GUILTY? OR INNOCENT?
OFFICIAL POU POSITION:
"The physicians and staff responsible for the care of patients, many of whom were gravely ill, faced loss of generator power, the absence of routine medical equipment to sustain life, lack of water and sanitation facilities, extreme heat, in excess of 100 degrees, all occurring in an environment of deteriorating security, apparent social unrest, and the absence of governmental authority. Dr. Pou and other medical personnel at Memorial Hospital worked tirelessly for five days to save and evacuate patients, none of whom were abandoned. We feel confident that the facts will reveal heroic efforts by the physicians and the staff in a desperate situation."
Rick Simmons, Dr. Pou's attorney, in a statement to CNN on behalf of client.
We have looked at the September 2005 events surrounding Hurricane Katina at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans at some length. We had a mock trial of the participants, and then we had a vote: 20 students thought Anna Pou was "guilty" of murder, and 12 thought she was "innocent." Cohort 4 had spoken. But what did they say exactly?
Now is the time for you to explain individually and at length your thinking on the issue. Is Pou guilty of violating the Hippocratic Oath and euthanizing patients during the crisis at Memorial Hospital following Hurricane Katrina? Or was she perhaps technically guilty, but with extenuating circumstances making it understandable? Do you hesitate to judge anyone in such a crisis? Or do you think she is innocent of the crimes some accuse her of? Explain at length your conclusions.
Please explain your thinking on this issue and post your response by Friday morning November 21, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. Good luck!