By Hilary White

NEW ORLEANS, June 21, 2007 ( – Nurses Cheri Landry and Lori Budo, who have admitted to administering lethal doses of medication to patients during the hurricane Katrina disaster, are being offered immunity from prosecution by the Louisiana Attorney General.

CNN reports that in two weeks the two will testify before a Grand Jury that four patients died after being administered what Louisiana’s Attorney General, Charles Foti Jr., called a “lethal cocktail” of drugs.

In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane that devastated New Orleans in late August 2005, rumours began to fly around the Internet world that patients were being killed by health care workers who wanted to flee the appalling conditions in the inner city New Orleans’ Memorial Medical Center. Later, two doctors admitted that patients were euthanized, one doctor saying that he had fled the hospital rather than directly participate in killing patients.

The following July, one doctor and the two nurses were arrested and charged with four counts of second-degree murder for lethally injecting patients. Dr. Anna Pou, a head and neck surgeon who specializes in working with cancer patients, denied the charges insisting that she did not support euthanasia and claimed to have given only comfort care for the patients.

Court documents, however, assert that witnesses have testified that Dr. Pou and the two nurses took syringes full of drugs to a ward for the chronically-ill and injected four patients. 34 dead patients were found in Memorial following the Katrina disaster.

Foti told media, “We …spent almost 10 ½ months investigating and, after all of this, can only come to the conclusion that this crime had been committed.”

Read previous coverage:

  New Orleans Doctors Kill Patients Rather Than Leave Them to Looters, Then Flee

Doctor Charged in Katrina Deaths Denies Committing Murder, Euthanasia


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