The following is a transcript of a document
prepared by Jack Kevorkian describing a death in which he was
involved. Some notes and comments follow.
MICHIGAN OBITIATRY - ZONE 1
|PATIENT: Hugh E. Gale||Date: 12 Feb. 1993||Start time: 9:20 am
|Site: 17852 Delaware, Roseville, MI 48066
|Persons Present: (Name)||(Relationship)||(Signature)
| ||Cheryl Gale ||Wife||
| ||Neal Nicol ||Tech-Asst.||
| ||Marge Janus ||Tech-Asst.||
|Official Observer: N/A (Signature)|
|Procedure: Patient placed plastic mask over nose and mouth, elastic band
around head. A plastic tent was put over his head and shoulders, lid at top
open. The patient then pulled a string tied to his left index finger, other
end attached to a clip, which was pulled off a crimped plastic tube, opening
it from the outlet valve of a canister of CO gas to the mask. In about 45
seconds the patient became flushed, agitated, breathing deeply, saying "Take it
off!" The tent was removed immediately, the mask removed, and nasal oxygen
started. He remained conscious and oriented, and within a minute calmed down to
his normal breathing pattern. he was more relaxed and a bit somnolent, but
awake and oriented. The patient wanted to continue. After about 20 minutes,
with nasal oxygen continuing, the mask was replaced over his nose and mouth and
he again pulled the clip off the crimped tubing. In about 30-35 seconds he
again flushed, became agitated with moderate hyperpnea; and immediately after
saying "Take it off!" once again, he fell into unconsciousness. The mask was
then left in place. Hyperpnea continued for about 35-40 seconds, after which a
slower and calmer breathing pattern ensued, lasting about 8 minutes, gradually
diminishing in rate and intensity. Heartbeat was undetectable about 3 minutes
after last breath.
|Observer's Remarks: N/A
|End Time: 9:55 am
|Obitiatrist: J. Kevorkian, MD (signature)
Note that this document was prepared and signed by Mr Kevorkian himself.
He apparently keeps careful records of all deaths in which he is involved.
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The "Zone 1" at the top is apparently a reference to Mr Kevorkian's proposal
that 12 suicide "zones" be established in Michigan with a suicide center in
each "for all who need and desire it". [See Prescription: Medicide, Jack
Kevorkian, Prometheus Books, 1991, p 201.]
Read the end of the "procedure" section carefully. By Mr Kevorkian's own
testimony, Mr Gale called for him to stop the "procedure" just before
losing consciousness, but he continued anyway.
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