Doctor Asked To Help In Ohio Execution Attempt

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- As an Ohio execution team tried to find a vein during an unsuccessful lethal injection attempt, prison staff called on a doctor for help.

In a federal court deposition, Dr. Carmelita Bautista says she tried to insert an iv catheter into Romell Broom's foot on Sept. 15.

Professional and ethical rules generally prohibit doctors from involvement in capital punishment. In the deposition, she says she had never before been involved in an execution because doctors "are supposed to heal people."

Bautista works at the Lucasville prison medical office occasionally and was asked by an administrator to help with Broom.

Reached at her home in West Virginia on Tuesday, Bautista said she does not feel she assisted in the execution.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    a nice rope around the neck never fails!!!
  • by JD Location: Marietta on Nov 30, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    I'd gladly pay for the Dr...Saves feeding and housing a convicted, violent, deathrow criminal indefitely, bad Ohio publicity, lawsuits over botched attempts, etc. Otherwise, I too am for the firing squad.
  • by Teresa Location: Reno on Nov 30, 2009 at 04:33 AM
    I would have no problem with the firing squad, gas chamber or the electric chair. I would however make them suffer just before their death. Maybe put them in the electric chair and only run the power up to about 110 volts for a few seconds. they wait for a couple minutes and let them recover and they shock them again each time raising the power. Remember these are people that have killed,Raped and Murdered your love ones.
  • by nonsupporter Location: WV on Nov 27, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    I am a non supporter of the death penalty. There were to many people put to death and later found to be innocent. I believe no one on earth has this right to do this. There is only one person that has the right to judge---his name is GOD.
  • by SSS58 Location: West Virginia on Nov 26, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    Whatever it takes to do the execution I say. But have to agree with Jack and the nic nurse. They should have resulted in the firing squad or they should have thought about this way ahead of time even before this person was executed or any other person as a matter of fact. You take a life and your life should be taken as well no matter.
  • by Dr. Jack Location: In The Office on Nov 25, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    What's wrong with a firing squad?
  • by nurse Location: home on Nov 25, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    Why don't they think of things like this ahead of time? It would be so much easier if they would place a central veinous line in these people and then there would be no question to whether or not the medications were delivered properly into a vein. Yes, it may "cost" more but not as much as the lawsuits that stem from the botched executions. This way, they can be sure to do it right the 1st time.
  • by Cartman Location: P-burg on Nov 25, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    THIS is hilarious! Can you imagine what this guy was thinking while waiting for them to find a vein! HAHA
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