“I don’t trust this hospital,” Dr. Susan Moore said from her hospital bed in Indiana, an oxygen tube tilted up to her nose. “This is not how you treat patients.”
Moore, an Indianapolis physician treating COVID-19 at Indian University Hospital North, died of the virus this week. Earlier this month, she posted a video on Facebook to share that she believed she was not receiving proper therapy because she was black.
Moore tested positive for coronavirus on November 29 and said his symptoms included a high respiratory rate, high heart rate, high fever and coughing up blood. She described the battle she had taken for treatment from white doctors and nurses at the hospital, begging for the antiviral drug remediesvir, waiting hours to take pain medication, and a CT scan of her chest to prove her pain Involved seeking.
He reported that his scan showed lung infiltration and swelling of the lymph nodes, but he continued to wait hours for pain medication.
“Everyone knows I’m in acute pain,” Moore said in a heart-breaking video, saying the doctor alleviated her pain. “[The doctor] I felt like I was a drug addict, and he knew that I was a doctor. ”
He spoke to a patient’s lawyer, who says he did nothing. She also asked to be transferred to a different hospital, but was told that she should go home.
“That’s how black people are killed,” Moore said. “When you send them home and they don’t know how to fight for themselves.”
As a doctor, Moore clearly knew what to ask for, but struggled to continue advocating for herself as her condition worsened.
Moore said, “I kept ahead and I persisted, if I were white, I wouldn’t have to go through it.” “And [the doctor] Never returned and apologized. ”
Moore is eventually sent home, but less than 12 hours later, she has a fever and lowered her blood pressure, so she returns to the hospital.
“Those people were trying to kill me. Obviously, everyone would have to agree that they would discharge me soon,” he wrote. “They are now treating me for a bacterial pneumonia as well as kovid pneumonia.”
Moore’s story has become very common for black Americans, because of the disparity of COVID-19 in black communities across the country. Black Americans are 4.7 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than white Americans, and three times more likely to die from the virus.
Moore’s 19-year-old son, Henry Muhammad, is “in good spirits”, according to a GoFundMe set up to cover his family’s expenses, yet now faces his own death as well as his grandparents’ dementia Will happen. Dr. Moore was the sole provider of the family.
Henry was previously enrolled at Indiana University to study biochemistry and mathematics, but stopped his schooling to care for his mother and grandparents. A GoFundMe update states that some funds will be used to continue their schooling.
“Susan was an unprecedented physician,” the organizers said in a statement. “She loved practicing medicine, she loved being a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she loved helping people, and she was adamant about it.”
In Moore’s Facebook post, she said that the hospital’s chief medical officer reported that her staff would receive diversity training, and would apologize to the doctor who was treating her.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Susan Moore’s death and our hearts go out to her friends and family,” the hospital said in a statement on Wednesday.
“As an organization committed to reducing and reducing racial inequality in health, we take allegations of discrimination very seriously and investigate every allegation. Treatment options often come from a range of specialties by medical experts Agree, and we stand with commitment and commitment. Our carers’ expertise and quality of care is passed on to our patients every day. “