Why Hospital's Response to Dr. Moore's Death Doesn't Cut It

A reminder of the powerful words of Elie Wiesel, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”

 

Why Hospital's Response to Dr Moore's Death Doesn't Cut It

Yamicia D. Connor, MD, PhD - February 19, 2021

My husband walked into our bedroom. It was around 9 AM and I was treating myself to a lazy morning. His smile faded when he saw his pregnant wife in tears. I handed him my phone.

On the screen was an official statement from Dennis M. Murphy, the president and CEO of Indiana University (IU) Health System, regarding the death of Dr Susan Moore from COVID-19. During her hospitalization, Moore posted a video on Facebook detailing concerns that her COVID-19 treatment was compromised due to racial bias.

My husband searched my face. Was I upset about Moore's mistreatment and subsequent death? Yes. But it wasn't just her story that drove me to tears; it was the tone-deaf response from IU.

 

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