After being charged with murder, Dr. Anna Pou still practices medicine

After being charged with murder, Dr. Anna Pou still practices medicine ...

Five Days at Memorial, a documentary on Hurricane Katrina, revisits the actual events that forced Dr. Pou (played by Vera Farmiga in the Apple TV+ series) to make life-or-death decisions that would inevitably follow them for years to come. actor W. Earl Brown (as the real-life Dr. Ewing Cook)

Dr. Pou and a small group of doctors decided to choose the most depressed patients, especially those with do not resuscitate orders, as the final evacuees as floodwaters began invading Memorial Medical Center on August 29, 2005. Temperatures soared to over 100 degrees as the storm started engulfing the facility, which had lost power due to backup generator failure.

The bodies of 45 patients were recovered from the makeshift morgue at Memorial Medical Center more than a week later, according to The Washington Post. The unusually high number of deaths sparked a months-long investigation, and in July 2006, Louisiana Department of Justice agents arrested Dr. Pou, along with nurses Cheri Landry and Lori Budo, in connection with the deaths of four of those patients.

In a September 2006 interview, the head and neck surgeon who specializes on cancer patients denied administering the medications, but she stated that her intention was never to euthanize any patients. Dr. Pou explained that she personally does not believe in euthanasia.... My role is to assist them through their suffering.

As she had worked almost around the clock running up and down the stairs in the dark, hot hospital, the surgeon told Safer that she did not believe she could have done anything more: I did the best I could under these terrible circumstances that I did not create, but were created because of the fact that we were abandoned.

The grand jury decided not to charge Dr. Pou, claiming she and the nurses of all criminal charges. Two years later, the State of Louisiana agreed to pay her legal fees, which totaled $450,000, after Pou, who had been sentenced to life in prison for a maximum term of life, resumed her work.

Dr. Pou was working as a head and neck oncologist at a cancer clinic in Covington, Louisiana, as a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is the co-editor of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine's Head and Neck Surgery textbook.

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