Doctor treating George Floyd was told it wasn’t heart attack or overdose as he describes attempts to save himavril 5, 2021
The doctor who treated George Floyd after he arrived motionless and without a full pulse to a Minneapolis hospital—and ultimately pronounced the man dead—says he was initially told the cause of Mr Floyd’s trauma was neither a heart attack nor a drug overdose.
Assessing the exact cause of death is a key question in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering Mr Floyd after kneeling on his neck for nine minutes last May during an arrest.
Dr Bradford Langenfeld, who was then a resident at the Hennepin County Medical Center, said that by the time George Floyd arrived at the hospital, he was in cardiac arrest, and that he wasn’t specifically briefed that Mr Floyd was suffering a heart attack or a drug overdose.
“In my experience, seeing a little of cases of mental health crisis or drug use leading to agitated states, that is almost always reported by paramedics,” he said. “And so the absence of that information was telling in that I didn’t have reason to believe that was the case here.”
Dr Langenfeld also said he was told officers didn’t provide any medical care to Mr Floyd in the minutes they were detaining him before an ambulance arrived.
“It’s well known that any amount of time that patients spend in cardiac arrest without immediate CPR markedly decreases the chance of a good outcome,” he said.