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Five Days at Memorial review: A healthcare facility hit by Hurricane Katrina

In line with the book by journalist Sheri Fink, this TV mini-series dramatises the shocking stories of health workers and patients whose lives are changed forever as Hurricane Katrina overwhelms a US hospital in 2005, finds Bethan Ackerley

Humans 10 August 2022

By Bethan Ackerley

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Anna Pou (Vera Farmiga), front, and Karen Wynn (Adepero Oduye)

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Five Days at Memorial

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ON 11 September 2005, 45 bodies were recovered from Memorial INFIRMARY, New Orleans. A healthcare facility have been hit by Hurricane Katrina, then your most devastating storm in US history. Patients, staff and their own families were stranded for five days by floodwaters. Conditions were apocalyptic. Deaths were expected.

The aftermath brought uncomfortable revelations. Some bodies contained potentially dangerous degrees of morphine along with other drugs. What of Anna Pou, a health care provider at a healthcare facility, were

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