Michael Jackson could still be alive if his doctor Conrad Murray hadn’t been grossly negligent in providing the basic standards of care to the King of Pop on the day he died, a court heart today.
Cardiologist Dr Alon Steinberg listed six ‘extreme deviations’ in Conrad Murray’s treatment that had a direct impact on the 50-year-old ‘Thriller’ star’s death.
‘If these deviations didn’t happen, Mr Jackson could have been alive,’ Dr Steinberg told jurors at Los Angeles Superior Court.
Steinberg told the court that Murray:
* Should not have used Propofol, a powerful hospital anaesthetic, to treat Jackson’s chronic insomnia.
* Should not have given Jackson Propofol in a home without the proper equipment, medical personnel or back-up.
* Did not make sufficient preparations in case of an emergency.
* Botched Jackson’s care after his breathing stopped, ‘inexcusably’ giving CPR with one hand on a bed. He should have tried to get air into Jackson’s lungs after the star stopped breathing rather than try jump-start his heart which was still beating and should have used two hands for CPR on a hard surface, said the doctor.
* Took much too long to call 911 after Jackson stopped breathing, especially since it only took paramedics four minutes to reach the scene of the emergency.