Thursday, January 8, 2009

CPR instructions needed

This was posted earlier today at Little Green Footballs. The story is that this "freelance" cameraman is out shooting footage in Gaza for a British news channel when he receives word that his 12 year old brother has been injured by Israeli gunfire.

Watch the video at the link (sorry, couldn't embed it here).

The chest compressions look, well, anemic. As the commenter at LGF notes, it's like the big guy is tapping on the kid's sternum (I thought he was compressing the abdomen actually). There is no one ventilating the patient, and in a full "code" situation this would most certainly be done. At one point the doctor is seen quite nonchalantly pasting EKG leads on the "victim's" chest. There is no sense of urgency, no "controlled chaos" that one would normally see during a code--especially in the case of trying to save the life of a child.

Another commenter noted, "I know if MY little brother was laying on a table fighting for his life, the very first thing I would do is run and get my camcorder!"

This originally ran on CNN, but surprisingly, the video has since been taken down from the CNN site. Hmmmm . . .

And the doctor in the video? He's Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian MD who has been quite vocal in his support of Hamas; he's apparently all over the place giving interviews to anyone who will listen, claiming that Israel is indiscriminately and purposely murdering civilians. In addition to being supportive of Hamas, Gilbert has voiced support for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"The attack on New York did not come as a surprise after the policy that the West has led during the last decades," Gilbert told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet on Sept. 30, 2001. "The oppressed also have a moral right to attack the USA with any weapon they can come up with."

When asked if he supported a terror attack on the U.S., Gilbert said, "Terror is a bad weapon but the answer is yes within the context which I have mentioned."

I would think he needs more than CPR lessons.

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