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Family: Heart Attack Victim Moved for Michael Jackson

by Mark5019 / February 24, 2005 10:51 PM PST

Feb. 25, 2005 ? A woman who had suffered a massive heart attack died after hospital personnel moved her out of a trauma room to accommodate a flu-stricken Michael Jackson, the patient's family said.

Jury selection in Jackson's child molestation child had to be temporarily postponed Feb. 15 when the pop star was taken to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, Calif., complaining of flu-like symptoms. Manuela Gomez Ruiz, a 74-year-old grandmother, was moved from the primary trauma room and taken off the machine ventilator, with her breathing instead assisted manually by hand pump, until she was relocated to a smaller room nearby, her family told ABC News.

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It sounds like the woman was dying anyway.....
by Josh K / February 25, 2005 12:58 AM PST

....but I agree that she should not have been shunted aside for a celebrity's aches and pains. An emergency room is supposed to prioritize patients based on the severity of their injury/ailment, not on who they are or even when they arrived. A less serious case may be kept waiting for several hours or more while more urgent cases are taken, even if they arrive later.

If she was in as bad shape as the hospital says, I don't know that the family will have a case. I think they'd have to be able to prove that she would not have died if this hadn't happened, and it doesn't sound like that's the case.

At least Michael Jackson was (apparently) really sick and not faking it to delay the start of the trial, which is what I suspected when I first heard about it.

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On the other hand
by Dan McC / February 25, 2005 1:12 AM PST

It may have been in the interests of ER functioning to get the celeb out of sight, treated, and out the door as quickly as possible. I'd expect the MJ might attract a bit of attention and disruption.


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Doesn't excuse any unnecessary risk to lady
by Roger NC / February 25, 2005 5:58 AM PST
In reply to: On the other hand

Just to avoid a potential for disruption.

Or just because she would probalby die anyway.

If it just a mistaken judgement that she could be moved without increasing risk, so be it.

If it was because she was "nobody" or about to expire anyway, well doesn't sound very right does it?



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I don't believe I said that it did.
by Dan McC / February 25, 2005 6:07 AM PST

We're all just speculating here.


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