A black physician in Indianapolis has died with Covid-19 weeks after she accused a doctor of denying her proper medical care because of her race.
Susan Moore, herself a doctor, posted an emotional video earlier this month from hospital, where she was being treated for Covid-19, in which she described being denied pain medication by the doctor.
“I was in so much pain from my neck. My neck hurt so bad. I was crushed. He made me feel like I was a drug addict, and he knew I was a physician. I don’t take narcotics. I was hurting,” the 52-year-old said from her hospital bed, as she fought to hold back tears.
“If I was white, I wouldn’t have to go through that. That man never came back and apologised,” she added.
Dr Moore shared the video on Facebook on 4 December, five days after she was admitted to Carmel hospital in Indiana. She continued to post updates throughout her stay.
Dr Moore is survived by her 19-year-old son, Henry, and her parents, who suffer from dementia, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help cover the family’s expenses. The page has already raised more than $102,000 (£75,000).
‘This is how black people get killed’
Dr Moore tested positive for Covid-19 on 29 November and was admitted with a high fever while she coughed up blood and struggled to breathe. But even as a physician herself, she said she had struggled with getting care.
Dr Moore said she had had to plead for antiviral Remdesivir (Treatment vaccine for Covid-19) doses and request a scan of her chest. The doctor at one point reportedly told her she did not qualify for the drug and that she should go home.
If this is what’s happening in the states as Black people gets denied these Vaccines, when do you think it’s possible for Africa to reach onto these Vaccines?
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