Listening to the NY Union Representative remark that as long as Mr. Garner could say the words “I can’t breathe”, that he was just fine.

This is so painful to my ears and mind. It is incredibly ignorant.

I have practiced Internal Medicine for just about 35 years. For the first 20 years, I did a lot of Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit work. I saw hundreds of people leaning over barely getting out the words “I can’t breathe”. Were these patients just fine? No. They were all critically ill. They could get just enough air in to expel and utter those few words. Once some air is sucked in, even moments before death, the exhalation is automatic and creating a few words with vocal chord manipulation is for sure possible.

In my experience, any time I have witnessed health care professionals ignoring these words, I have soon after witnessed a death – at least in most circumstances.

Mr Garner was choking; No doubt he was choking, but he was also choking out those few last words.

I believe I wrote this blog to help myself feel a tiny bit better with regard to what we have been seeing in the news.

Makes me very sad.

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