Folks at Little Green Footballs are insisting they’ve discovered a fraud perpetrated by CNN yesterday. CNN aired the following video yesterday.
Israeli apologists have gone on the attack decrying this as a fraud. Little Green Footballs, for example, appears to be leading the charge, citing someone who claims to be a Doctor to discredit the video:
I’m no military expert, but I am a doctor, and this video is bullsh-t. The chest compressions that were being performed at the beginning of this video were absolutely, positively fake. The large man in the white coat was NOT performing CPR on that child. He was just sort of tapping on the child’s sternum a little bit with his fingers. You can’t make blood flow like that. Furthermore, there’s no point in doing chest compressions if you’re not also ventilating the patient somehow. In this video, I can’t tell for sure if the patient has an endotracheal tube in place, but you can see that there is nobody bag-ventilating him (a bag is actually hanging by the head of the bed), and there is no ventilator attached to the patient. In a hospital, during a code on a ventilated patient, somebody would probably be bagging the patient during the chest compressions. And they also would have moved the bed away from the wall, so that somebody could get back there to intubate the patient and/or bag him. In short, the “resuscitation scene” at the beginning is fake, and it’s a pretty lame fake at that.
Well “Doctor,” you may not be right. I also know something firsthand about resuscitating people. I worked my way thru college as a Respiratory Therapy technician. Every time someone arrested at the Independence San or the Boone Country Regional Medical Center (and if I was working that shift) I was part of the CPR team. I have been involved with over 50 cpr cases.
Here’s what I see in the video–1) it does appear the boy is intubated. You catch a brief glimpse of the tape around the mouth and there is a ventilator to the right of the bed. The images are very quick and it appears the brother started filming this as the CPR effort was winding down. 2) the chest compressions are appropriate for a child.
The only problem with the video is that we do not get a full look at everything for an extended period in order to be able to make a judgment. But this much is certain–over 220 Palestinian children have been killed by the Israelis. There is no excuse for that in my view.