Los Angeles, Calif. – A cardiologist testified at the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray Wednesday that the physician was extremely negligent in his care for Michael Jackson.
Dr. Alon Steinberg told the jury that Murray deviated tremendously from the standard of care he should have giving to the singer citing six incidences he called “gross negligence” to demonstrate his assertion, including that Murray:
Should not have used the powerful anesthetic propofol to treat Jackson’s insomnia.
Should not have given the entertainer the drug at home without proper monitoring equipment and qualified medical personnel.
Did not make sufficient plans should an emergency take place.
Should not have tried to revive Jackson using CPR, but instead should have tried to get air into the singer’s lungs, since he had stopped breathing.
Failed to call 911 in a sufficient amount of time, which could have saved Jackson’s life.
Did not keep accurate medical records on Jackson to assist emergency medical personnel in treating the superstar.
“If these deviations didn’t happen,” said Steinberg, “Mr. Jackson could have been alive.”
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Pulmonary and critical care doctor Nadar Kamangar then took the stand and also testified that Murray displayed “gross negligence” in his treatment of the King of Pop. Kamangar is a sleep specialist who told the jury he has used propofol, but only in highly monitored situations and with an automated pump. He also noted that Murray failing to alert 911 regarding Jackson’s condition was an “unconscionable deviation of care” and believed Murray chose to ignore signs that the singer had likely been abusing drugs.
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Murray, 58, who was hired to care for Jackson during his concert tour, ‘This Is It,’ is accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to the singer on June 25, 2009. Murray’s defense attorneys claim that although he may have given the singer the drug, it was not enough to kill him. In addition, they allege Jackson took the dose of propofol that killed him when Murray was not in the King of Pop’s presence.
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