A waitress revealed on February 3, 2010, that Michael Jackson still might be alive today if Dr. Conrad Murray had been at his famous patient's bedside instead of chatting with her on the phone in another room.
Sade Anding, 24, said Dr. Mallett, the rock star's $150,000-a-month personal physician, left Jackson's bedside shortly after administering propofol to go into another room to call her.
Sade said Murray apparently returned to Jackson's bedside while still chatting with her and found the singer unresponsive.
"When Conrad Murray found Michael Jackson with fixed and dilated pupils, he should have pronounced him dead," says noted propofol expert Dr. Barry Friedberg. "Everything after that was pure theatrics to attempt to mitigate his own negligence."
Dr. Friedberg, an expert on propofol, has been interviewed by FOX, CNN, True TV, and People Magazine on Jackson's death, has steadfastly maintained that Murray was negligent and responsible for the singer's death when he left the room after administering propofol.
"Dr. Murray failed to use a pulse oximeter, that was left lying in the closet, to measure oxygen levels in the blood," says Dr. Friedberg, "and he neglected to use a brain monitor while administering propofol. These two mistakes are inexcusable but it's absolutely outrageous that he left Jackson unattended to talk on the phone with a pretty young girl the doctor was pursuing."
"There is no question in my mind but that the prosecution will be able to establish without a shadow of a doubt that Dr. Murray is responsible for the death of Michael Jackson," predicts Dr. Barry Friedberg, M.D. and author of Getting Over Going Under: 5 Things You MUST Know Before Anesthesia (ISBN 978-0-9829169-0-2, 2010, Goldilocks Press, 116 pages, $18.95).
Dr. Friedberg, gives the following three reasons as support for why he's convinced Dr. Murray will be found guilty:
1. According to Dr. Murray's own statements, he was not directly observing Jackson when the legendary pop singer stopped breathing.
2. No evidence of a pulse oximeter (a blood oxygen meter) was apparent in published pictures of Jackson's bedroom.
3. A brain monitor that could have measured the effects of propofol was not used and could have spared Jackson from the over-medication of propofol.
In his book, Dr. Friedberg writes: "Although he may not have intended to kill Jackson, Murray clearly caused Jackson's death involuntarily. The only thing more reckless Murray could have done was taking Jackson up in an airplane and pushing him out without a parachute."
The defense has tried to raise doubts that Michael may have self-administered the fatal dose of propofol, stresses Dr. Friedberg, but all those red herrings have nothing to do with the fundamental issue of physician responsibility.
"Dr. Murray failed to watch and monitor his patient and nothing else matters," adds Dr. Friedberg, "No amount of legal defense attorney posturing can relieve Murray of his responsibility to have watched and monitored his patient."
The movie "Awake" terrorized Americans about being awake during surgery. However, waking up in the middle of surgery is a very slight risk that's 82 per cent reduced when a brain monitor is used. The most serious risk faced from routine anesthesia over-medication is waking up with dementia and never again being the same person who went under anesthesia for surgery.
"Going under anesthesia without a brain monitor is like playing Russian roulette with your brain," says Dr. Friedberg. "You have to live with the long-term effects of your short term care."
In his book, Dr. Friedberg spells out what patients should do to insure that a brain monitor is used during surgery that requires sedation. At his website, www.drbarryfriedberg.com the author offers three free letters that can be downloaded for use in requesting use of a brain monitor. The form letters are for the intended surgeon, anesthesiologist, and, if needed, the hospital administrator.
About Dr. Barry Friedberg
A board certified anesthesiologist for more than three decades, Dr. Friedberg is author of Anesthesia in Cosmetic Surgery as well as Getting Over Going Under. He developed The Friedberg Method of administering anesthesia in 1992 and the Goldilocks Anesthesia protocol in 1997. Dr. Friedberg was awarded a US Congressional award for applying his methods on wounded soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. The founder of the Goldilocks Foundation, Dr. Friedberg has been published and cited in several medical journals and textbooks. http://www.drbarryfriedberg.com