Thursday, April 05, 2007

Killing me softly





My new patient arrived with two security officers. It was not the first time I had a sick person coming from prison. Usually there's only one guard with the guy but this time there were two of them. They never left the room.

He was truly sick but did better overnight. The next day I realized that this guy was in prison for killing his wife, stabbing her to death in front of her children more than years ago. He was sentenced to death and he is on the death row, awaiting execution. I've googled his name and .... oh god this guy is for real, he is a real criminal, and three books have been written about his crime. One of my interns watched a documentary about him less than six months ago.

I have to admit that I was shitting on myself everytime I went into his room. We provided him with all the medical therapy he needed and he eventually got better. IT was so ironic that we were doing our best, getting all the specialists involved and doing all the required studies, with a total cost over 300 thousand dollars, and much more in the near future, to save the life of a man and keep him in good health so he can be executed when he becomes in good shape!

10 comments:

Lubna said...

oscillating drama your patients are.

Hot Lemon& Honey said...

lol, we get alot of forensic patients in my practice.
glad you had three guards :)

ArabLady said...

They do have respect for humanity and they r giving him his rights fully despite the fact that he is a criminal

Summer said...

The beauty, or the ugliness, of the American system! Depends on how you one sees it.

An Oriental Blog said...

3njad very cotradicting

Mohanned Al-arabiat said...

You should have given him "mercy shot"!!I don't know about america man, this guy should be hanged from his ba$%S!!Yer7am ayyam el 7'azoog:)

Mariam Ayyash said...

mohannad alla yegerfak! :)

bass truely, that is a defect on their behalf, what r they waiting for? hang him already!?! BUREAUCRATS!

Hareega said...

I think every human being needs to be treated respectfully regardless, the dilemma here is that he will be executed shortly, we know that he will die, whether or not you agree that he should (I personally am againstt he death penalty) but we know that he will die, so is it worth going all thru that?

Mohanned Al-arabiat said...

Well Hareega I don't agree with you on that, this guy is a killer, he should punished and even tortured becasue he didn't have respect for human life which is sacred!!If I was in control I will kill him softly:) and by softly I mean little by little:D

PŕōuđPāŀĩ said...

i said it there and i shall say it here again, u have a doctor's right to save lives, regardless where these lives are going, i mean u cud do the transplant and a week later he gets run over by a truck, whether he is a free man or an emprisones one, he deserves medical attention, whatever happens after that is out of ur hands, worry bout whats in urs.

thats my pure personal opinion sara7a :give: