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Murray didn’t mention propofol to paramedics

By | Published on Monday 22 March 2010

The News Of The World this weekend published extracts of the Emergency Service Medical Report documenting the involvement of paramedics in various futile attempts to resuscitate Michael Jackson last June, after they were called to the late king of pop’s home following his cardiac arrest.

The report says that when paramedics got to the house where Jacko was living they found his personal doctor, Conrad Murray, performing CPR, having attached an intravenous drip to the singer’s left leg. Jackson was basically dead already, but the ambulance staff tried to resuscitate the singer twice at his home, and a third and final time as they drove him to hospital. All efforts, of course, failed.

But, other than satisfying our morbid curiosity regarding every detail of Jackson’s final hours, the most important part of the report is that it says Murray only told the paramedics that he had administered the sedative lorazepam and fluids to rehydrate Jacko after a sleepless night – ie he failed to mention the shot of the highly dangerous surgical drug propofol administered a few hours earlier which, coroners ruled, was what killed the pop star.

Murray, of course, admitted to having given Jackson the drug when later interviewed by police. The fact he failed to mention it while fellow medics tried some last minute life-saving suggest that even then he knew the propofol shot had killed his patient, and that for him to have administered the drug in a domestic setting as a cure for insomnia was irresponsible.

As much previously reported, prosecutors have charged Murray with involuntary manslaughter, basically accusing him of negligence in administering propofol. The doc is pleading not guilty.



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