BUTCHERS!!! PR to investigate MDs for Haiti Facebook pics

January 30, 2010
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The Associated Press
Saturday, January 30, 2010; 3:59 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rican medical doctors who appeared on Facebook posing with guns and Haitian earthquake victims are under investigation for possible ethics violations, the U.S. territory’s health secretary said Saturday. One was expelled from his political party for unstatesmanlike behavior.

Ethical guidelines prohibit taking pictures of operations or patients unless they serve an academic or medical purpose, said Health Secretary Lorenzo Gonzalez.

“My main concern is the transmission of a picture of a patient not knowing whether there was an attempt for informed consent,” said Gonzalez, who noted that he is collaborating with the Puerto Rican Association of Physicians and Surgeons in the investigation.

Association president Eduardo Ibarra, speaking by telephone from Haiti, declined to comment extensively. “It’s a difficult situation,” he said.

A statement released by the association noted that “a small minority” of roughly 65 doctors who were sent to treat earthquake victims “displayed behavior … that did not meet the highest standards of the medical profession.” The statement did not say exactly how many doctors appeared in the photos.

“We wish to respectfully ask forgiveness … for the unfortunate events described and widely disseminated, which we are sure added pain and sadness to the enormous suffering,” said the statement, which praised the majority of the doctors for helping quake victims and possibly saving dozens of lives.

In some of the photographs, smiling physicians appear in medical scrubs, holding guns borrowed from Dominican soldiers. In another, a doctor grins as he holds a saw next to a victim’s leg, and a colleague mugs for the camera as he holds up the injured arm of an earthquake victim. Yet others show the doctors holding up condoms, drinking beer, or smiling as they stand beside a coffin.

One picture depicts a prostrate quake victim wearing nothing but a shirt and a small strip of cloth over the genitals.

The president of the Puerto Rican Senate called for the names of the doctors to be made public, a motion supported by Julissa Nolasco, president of the Health Committee of the House of Representatives.

“I hope they can provide an understandable explanation for such a regrettable act,” she said.

The five soldiers who allowed the doctors to hold their weapons were arrested pending the investigation’s outcome, Dominican Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Rafael Pena Antonio said in a statement.

More than 60 doctors from Puerto Rico have traveled to the Dominican Republic to treat victims transported there from Haiti following the neighboring country’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12 that killed an estimated 200,000 people.

Associated Press Writer Dionisio Soldevila in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, contributed to this report.

(This version CORRECTS that roughly 65 doctors went to the Dominican Republic and that an unknown number posed in the photos).)

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COMMENT: HAITIAN-TRUTH.ORG

Perhaps these criminals were the ones who indiscriminately cut the arms and legs off helpless Haitians. It wasn’t only in Nazi Germany that you find this sort of behavior. Perhaps the Puerto Rican doctors do not consider Haitians as human beings. There is a widespread racism against Black/Creole speaking Haiti among the white/Spanish speaking nations of the area.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of Haitians lost arms and legs in unecessary operations. As a comparison, The Mission of Hope, with teams of American doctors, have yet to amputate on finger, arm or leg.

Pigs, like these Puerto Rican doctors have created cripples in a nation where cripples cannot survive. I know of one small girl, who my friend held in her arms at birth, had both of her arms amputated. What life has she left to her??

Unfortunately, those who have been criminally wronged will have no recourse.

For the religious there is Hope that God will punish them.

I am Irish and I would have settled the problem for God with a bullet or, perhaps by simply smashing each doctor’s hands with a sledge hammer.

4 Responses to “ BUTCHERS!!! PR to investigate MDs for Haiti Facebook pics ”

  1. Quoted from BBC on January 31, 2010 at

    “I was terrified I was going to lose my leg,” he says.

    “It’s hard enough in Haiti having both of them let alone just one – I don’t think I would have lived very long.”

    It is estimated that some 2,000 people have had limbs amputated as a result of the earthquake.

  2. Q Mc Duff on February 3, 2010 at

    Wow.

  3. Paul on February 3, 2010 at

    I just read that there are around 75 amputations being done in Haiti EVERY DAY. This is horrible.

    Every day. A company in Orange County Ca is donating prosthetics, and is mailing thousands of them, but it is not enough.

  4. mortgage on March 26, 2010 at

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