Discovery’s idea of re-enacting Michael’s autopsy was in shockingly poor taste and was also shockingly inconsiderate of his family, his fans, and his medical privacy. It would have certainly interfered with the pre-trial hearings of Conrad Murray beginning tomorrow, and it clearly crossed a line of human decency that would have affected all of us.
If they had sliced and diced Michael Jackson on television as they planned, they’d have been slicing and dicing all of us! The very soul of humanity would have been on that gurney under that knife. This is why we had to scream for it to stop! We are thus very grateful that it has been “postponed“. It was the only right thing to do, and we will have to remain vigilant that this program remains forever off their schedules.
Rather than air such a blatantly opportunist – not to mention disgustingly macabre program about Michael, why not simply broadcast some facts about what actually killed him? And we don’t need an autopsy re-enactment to provide that information in an educational fashion. Not at all! It’s all in the coroner’s report and in other information released since his death.
While the media is at it, why not tell the viewers a bit about why any claim that Michael somehow injected himself – that he somehow killed himself – seems to be pure folly given what we know so far as well as what the coroner’s report clearly states? I’ve written before about that here, but I also wanted to present the video below which is very educational and which shows EXACTLY what happens when a person is administered propofol (enough to knock them out), and it shows EXACTLY how and why Michael stopped breathing.
Many more facts can be pieced together from the coroner’s report first and foremost, and from what Conrad Murray himself and others told police about what happened that day, and from what had been revealed upon investigation of the premises at Michael’s rented home (some of which is also contained in the coroner’s report). There is no need to appallingly slice and dice any fake cadaver named ‘Michael Jackson’ on TV to educate the public as to the facts about Michael’s death.
And the programming could leave out the common and consistently ignorant media memes about Michael’s being a “drug addict” who “died from an overdose of prescription painkillers” or that he died from a “prescription drug overdose“. Because actually, none of those things are what killed Michael Jackson at all and they haven’t a thing to do with why he died.
Let’s look at a short video clip about Propofol and watch while it is administered in a proper setting, where standards of care are appropriately followed. Then, we’ll look at what was different in the situation in which propofol was administered to Michael Jackson on June 25th, 2009. It will be made abundantly clear exactly what killed him.
There are quite a few things to note in this video. First, at 00:45 the anesthesiologist, when talking about how the patient’s heart rate, breathing, and blood oxygen levels are monitored, uses the term “Standard of Care“. This ‘Standard of Care‘ is exactly what was not followed when Conrad Murray gave propofol to Michael. Murray was not monitoring Michael in any way – even by watching him, much less using any other equipment or methods to monitor Michael’s breathing, heart rate, or blood oxygen levels. Nothing! Thus the phrase in the coroner’s report: “appropriate Standards of Care were not followed in the administration of propofol” – because they weren’t.
Next, notice how quickly the propofol takes effect. In only 10 seconds the patient is unconscious! This happens from 1:10 – 1: 20 in the video. Within a little over 10 seconds after that (by 1:33), the patient is no longer breathing!
This – right here – is where Michael probably stopped breathing, too, after having been injected with a large amount (or amounts) of propofol.
In the video, the patient is subsequently helped to breathe with a bag-valve mask and then immediate intubation to help him breathe until the propofol wears off. Once again, we must go back to those “Standards of Care“. In an appropriate setting, there is equipment available to resuscitate the patient if/when he stops breathing – just as in the video.
But what did Conrad Murray have on hand to help Michael breathe once he stopped? Nothing! The ambu-bag was part of the EMT’s equipment and couldn’t be used anyway because the only oxygen tank in the room was empty. Before the EMT’s arrived, Murray apparently didn’t even call 911 for at least 20 minutes! Meanwhile Murray also apparently didn’t even know how to perform CPR, evidently doing it on a bed – and with one hand while he talked on the phone to EMTs. It is unclear to me whether Michael was eventually moved to the floor for the CPR. Regardless of CPR or how it was done, there was little to nothing on hand to save Michael’s life after he was injected with propofol and stopped breathing.
And, since Michael stopped breathing and nothing was done about it soon enough, his heart stopped too – and he died.
Now, given that this is how quickly propofol works (as you can see in the video), how could an already-sedated Michael Jackson have fumbled around and injected himself with enough propofol to kill himself? The coroner’s report, as I discussed previously, indicates that given the circumstances, this is highly unlikely ie: “circumstances do not support self-administration.” Yet, it is believed that this may be one of the defenses Conrad Murray’s team will use.
Conrad Murray has also tried to claim that AEG didn’t provide him with a defibrillator and he tried to blame that for Michael’s death. However that is equally ridiculous, as I previously explained, because even if he had a defibrillator, he still had no method or means to help Michael to continue to breathe and so his heart would have just stopped again. Murray also tried to claim that ‘someone else‘ entered the room when he was out and injected Michael with the large boluses of propofol. I suppose that may be true – but as yet that we know of, no other person but Murray and Michael were even allowed in Michael’s bedroom.
One last thing to note in this video. Dr. Gupta states that it is unheard of that propofol is ever used in a home setting. The only instances of propofol being used in a home setting are suicide and murder. The coroner’s report does not say ‘suicide’ is the cause of death. The coroner’s report also does not say ‘drug overdose‘ is the cause of death.
The coroner’s report says ‘homicide‘ is the cause of death. Homicide via “acute propofol intoxication, administered by another“. That means someone else killed Michael. That means Michael did not kill Michael. No matter how badly Conrad Murray’s defense team might at any point want us to believe otherwise.
Some other things to note:
- Conrad Murray was not and is not an anesthesiologist and therefore had no qualification to administer this drug to anyone in any setting.
- The other drugs Murray gave to Michael that day – particularly the benzodiazepines – exacerbated (made worse) the respiratory repressive effects of the propofol, meaning that Michael may have stopped breathing even sooner after the propofol was administered than is shown in the above video. As a cardiologist, it is shocking that Murray didn’t know this. If he did know this, then he simply did not care.
- Propofol is not a ‘prescription drug‘. You can not get it at a drug store with a doctor’s prescription to take and use yourself at home. Remember the last thing Dr. Gupta said in the video above.
- Propofol is not a ‘painkiller‘. It is an anesthetic. It’s an hypnotic drug that essentially puts the patient into a coma for surgery or sedates them for other medical procedures.
- Conrad Murray refused to allow EMTs to declare Michael dead at the home because he knew it would then be declared a crime scene and he didn’t want that.
- Conrad Murray refused to sign the death certificate, then fled the hospital to return to Michael’s home, and subsequently did not return to the area for 2 days, and then only returned with a team of lawyers.
- Conrad Murray lied by omission. He initially did not tell EMTs or UCLA he had administered propofol to Michael. He only told police 2 days later.
- Conrad Murray waited at least 40 minutes to call 911 after he found Michael not breathing.
- Propofol is not a treatment for insomnia or sleep disorders and was being misused by Conrad Murray and other doctors in Michael’s life. Propofol puts a person into a coma-like state. Being in a coma is not the same thing as sleeping.
- Michael’s former attorney Tom Mesereau, his former physician Patrick Treacy, and others such as Aphrodite Jones have said that Michael was extremely careful about medicines and what he put in his body and that he was very articulate about wanting qualified medical care, particularly when he was preparing for concerts and tours. He also was not suicidal or self-destructive. He did fear others were trying to kill him and told many people about this. He loved his children very much and would never want to see them orphaned. It seems highly unlikely then, that Michael would sit up (particularly given the placement of the IV in his leg and other logistics in the room that day), and carelessly inject himself with all that propofol.
Whatever the reason is that Conrad Murray seemed unaware of the dangers of the particular combination of drugs he administered to Michael that day, whether from ignorance or malice, his use of them without providing an acceptable standard of care (appropriate monitoring and a means of resuscitation) was inexcusable. His obvious coverup and withholding of facts from EMTs, medical staff and a delay in providing facts to police as well as his reluctance to have the house declared a crime scene defies medical ethics, and is indicative of a coverup of his actions on his part. That Conrad Murray did all of this conscientiously means that he DID in fact “act without due caution and circumspection” and even potentially with malice.
Authorities may not want to try to prosecute him on a greater charge if they feel they cannot get a conviction but that does not change the facts as they currently stand nor does it change the definition of the terms ‘standard of care’ or ‘acting without due caution and circumspection‘. It does not change the fact that the former obviously was not followed, yet the latter certainly seems to have been done, at the very least – if not something more sinister.
Now, all that said, if we’re going to have some educational programming about Michael’s death:
Rather than ceaselessly trying to portray Michael Jackson as a suicidal drug addict at fault for his own death even though the coroner’s report and other circumstances clearly indicate otherwise, it might be more educational to the public to simply avail them of the facts as we currently have them, and as I have stated above. It’s not rocket science and most of the public could easily understand these things.
It might be more appropriate to spend more time discussing what is in the coroner’s and police reports and what is in the video above than to air a program like the macabre, disrespectful, ratings-grabbing one Discovery was planning. It might be more valuable to explain what appropriate standards of care are when anesthesiologists use propofol, and how they were not followed by Conrad Murray and what the result of that bad decision-making (or malice) on his part was – namely that it resulted in Michael Jackson’s needless death.
If our media would just present the facts and leave out their usual ignorant, sensationalist, ratings-grabbing memes; if they would simply present facts and let the public make up their own minds, I suspect the public might come to the same conclusion. And that conclusion might be that by every definition, what Conrad Murray did to Michael Jackson at least as we currently understand the facts and the events that occurred, was voluntary and that he did in fact ‘act without due caution and circumspection’. They might even come to the conclusion that the charges are insufficient. Of course, if the prosecution feels they cannot get a conviction on a greater charge, then the public’s perception certainly would not change the charges.
What might change though, is the public’s erroneous perceptions about Michael Jackson being a drug-addled addict who killed himself, when that clearly is not and cannot be the case, given the facts and events that seem to have occurred on June 25th, 2009. It’s bad enough that Murray’s defense may endeavor to portray Michael that way in order to win their case. They do not need the media’s help.
What would change is that Conrad Murray would be seen as the person on trial here — not Michael Jackson, again. Because Conrad Murray is the person on trial here — not Michael Jackson, again.
But in the end, what will the media do? They’ll probably do what they’ve always done. They’ll do what they’ve done before and since Michael died. They will peddle whatever inaccurate, ignorant, salacious lies about Michael Jackson garner them the most ratings and money, causing the public to perceive him as guilty – this time of his own murder.
They’ll do it the same way they caused him to be indelibly perceived as guilty in 1993 and 2005 even though he was thoroughly proven innocent both times, while they still choose to ignore the facts in both of those cases as well, even to this day.
Because whether it’s about Michael Jackson or the Middle East, the media operates for one reason only: PROFIT. When money comes in the room, truth goes right out the window. And I don’t expect that will change right now, no matter how badly it needs to.