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Hospital CEO’s response to Black doctor’s COVID-19 death sparks outrage


The CEO of an #Indiana hospital is facing backlash over a statement about the death of #Black doctor #Susan #Moore, who died of COVID-19 at the facility after filming a viral video about her treatment, ABC #News reports.

#Moore shared a video a few weeks prior to her death in which she claimed mistreatment by hospital staff due to the color of her skin. #She says she was pushed to leave the hospital despite still experiencing symptoms.

“#This is how #Black people get killed,” #Moore said in the video. “#When you send them home and they don’t know how to fight for themselves.”

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“I put forth and I maintain if I was white, I wouldn’t have to go through that,” she added.

#Indiana #University #Hospital president and CEO #Dennis M. #Murphy issued a press release on #Dec. 24 in response to #Moore’s death, writing that he was “deeply saddened” by what occurred, and “even more saddened by the experience she described in the video.”

#Despite his expressed sympathies and call for an external investigation, some activists are accusing #Murphy of “victim-blaming,” according to ABC #News.

#In the statement, #Murphy wrote that staff were working hard to treat a “complex patient in the midst of a pandemic crisis” and that they “may have been intimidated by a knowledgeable patient who was using social media to voice her concerns and critique the care they were delivering.”

#Dr. Theresa #Chapple, a #Black physician and public health advocate, took to #Twitter to express her concerns over the statement, writing that it left her feeling “gaslit.”

#Christie #VanHorne, a #New #York-based public health advocate, echoed #Chapple’s sentiments.

“#It’s honestly a disgrace to the medical profession that they would blame the victim and the nursing team,” she told ABC #News. “#To say that the nurses were intimidated by the patient, it’s absolutely ridiculous when she was just trying to advocate for herself.”

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#Indiana #University #Hospital did not immediately respond to The #Hill’s request for comment over the backlash.





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https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/532237-hospital-ceos-response-to-black-doctors-covid-death-sparks-outrage

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