A 52-year-old black doctor, Dr. Susan Moore, recently died of the coronavirus weeks after describing a white doctor dismissed her concerns about her treatment while lying in an Indiana hospital. While switching to social media, Moore uploaded a video claiming that his battle against the deadly virus was made worse by the treatment he received from a doctor at Indiana University Health North Hospital (IU North). She claimed that a doctor treating her had repeatedly ignored her complaints that she was in excruciating pain and wanted to send her home.
While you speak with New York Times, his son said his mother died on December 20. In the clip, Susan filmed herself from the hospital bed after her experience at IU North. She said her doctor brushed off her symptoms, telling her, “You’re not even short of breath.” He also said he had to beg to receive remdesivir, the antiviral drug used to treat patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and who don’t need mechanical ventilation.
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Susan said: “This is how black people are killed. When you send them home and they don’t know how to fight for themselves. I had to talk to someone, maybe the media, to let people know how I am treated in this place ”.
“I submitted, and I argue, if I were white, I shouldn’t go through that,” he added.
Dr. Susan Moore died today from COVID, but HOW she died is unacceptable. She posted a Facebook video from an Indiana hospital days before her death about the mistreatment. “This is how black people get killed when you send them home and they don’t know how to fight for themselves” https://t.co/iSF8rs7qmI pic.twitter.com/3a8qE6DhN3
– Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) December 22, 2020
Susan’s case has now highlighted a concern that, according to health care advocates, has been revealed by the pandemic. Several studies have already shown that blacks have been disproportionately affected and more coronavirus deaths than their white counterparts. According to CNN, studies have also shown that black patients are prescribed fewer pain relievers in some situations than their white counterparts.
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The hospital requires an external review
After Susan’s death, a spokesperson for IU North also confirmed to the media that the 520-year-old was a patient in the hospital and that she was eventually discharged. The spokesman said that, as an organization committed to equity and the reduction of racial disparities in health care, officials take allegations of discrimination very seriously and investigate any allegations.
In a separate statement, Dennis M. Murphy, President and CEO of Indiana University Health, also defended the technical aspects of the treatment Moore received. However, he also admitted that “we may not have shown the level of compassion and respect for which we strive to understand what matters most to patients.”
He added, “Dr. Moore’s public sharing of his experience is a sentinel moment to accelerate our movement forward. This tragedy will not become a statistic in the COVID-19 crisis and will serve as an indicator of material improvements for patients of color. In addition, he also called for an external review of the case.
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