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Hurricane Katrina / State of Emergency / New Orleans / Nursing Home / Perlmutter Interview #803603

CNN Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced. {Note: names & pictures of "Katrina's Divided Families" on screen.}

(Lafayette, Louisiana: Drew Griffin) The question of what happened at the Lafon Nursing Home of the Holy Family† in New Orleans examined; details given about the problems of getting information on what actually happened. [Victim's daughter Dianne LINDSEY†- says we felt Lafon would take care of our mother; recounts what the staff told her before & after she "expired."] [With face hidden, Lafon volunteer Terry SMITH†- recounts what happened when the water reached the nursing home & how the conditions became stifling & the frail people broke down; asserts the staff did all they could do.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with Pennsylvania surgeon Dr. Mark Perlmutter†, who was turned away by FEMA in New Orleans when he offered to help. [From Pittston, Pennsylvania, PERLMUTTER - says there were no doctors available on the tarmac as people came off the helicopters & were dying; states he was pulled away from helping because he was not "FEMA certified"; recounts people being brought to the morgue to die.]

Brown, Aaron;
Griffin, Drew

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