Why Did This Happen?

I don’t know if this is true but if it is it proves that government workers allowed people to die after refusing to allow a doctor to treat 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.

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It gets worse.

Gerhart said the scene they confronted at the airport was one of “hundreds of people lying on the ground, many soaked in their own urine and feces, some coding (dying) before our eyes.” FEMA workers initially seemed glad for help and asked Gerhart to work inside the terminal and Perlmutter to work out on the tarmac. They were told only a single obstetrician had been on call at the site for the past 24 hours.

Then, the Coast Guard official informed the group that he could not credential them or guarantee tort coverage and that they should return to Baton Rouge. “That shocked me, that those would be his concerns in a time of emergency,” Gerhart said.

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I hope this man is lying but if he is telling the truth it is just more evidence of government corruption.


  1. Again, does anyone reading this blog still think the federal government operates in YOUR best interest?

    If you were the doctor, what would you do? Personally, if I could take the guy, I would’ve tried to knock him out and go back to what I was doing. There is a higher law than that of man (depending on your views on religion, it’s either God’s law or natural law). If you’re “papers” aren’t in order and someone’s life is in the balance, following man’s law ceases to be a viable option.

  2. It’s so obvious that the government was looking out for this doctor’s best interests. I don’t know why people can’t see that, especially in a society where you can be sued for just about anything and everything, regardless of the circumstance, a hurricane or a torando.

    What would have happened if this doctor tried to help some poor black lady and then she dies. I bet the family will retain a slick talking attorney and then sue his ass for malpractice. And then the jury will be forced to decided with the “victim” because the doctor failed to follow the “standard of care”.

  3. Dave,

    You cannot be sued for trying to save someones life in an emergancy. It is known as a “Good Samaritan” law. I know this because I took a class on CPR.