A pulmonologist who had an opportunity to review the medical records of George Floyd stated on Thursday that he died “from a low level of oxygen.”
Dr. Martin Tobin, a physician specializing in critical care of the lungs, posited that Floyd’s prone position in the street and pressure on his neck and back led to a pulseless electrical activity arrhythmia “that caused his heart to stop.” Floyd died May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis police custody, and his death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.
“Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen,” the physician said.
“The cause of the low level of oxygen was shallow breathing,” Tobin went on to say, “small breaths, small, tidal volumes, shallow breaths that weren’t able to carry the air through his lungs down to the essential areas of the lungs that get oxygen into the blood and get rid of the carbon dioxide.”
“So, there are a number of forces that led to — that is the size of his breath became so small, and so, [a] series of forces higher up that are leading to that, and the main forces that are going to lead to the shallow breath are going to be that he’s turned prone on the street, that he has the handcuffs in place combined with the street, and then that he has a knee on his neck, and then that he has a knee on his back and down his side. All of these four forces are ultimately going to result in the low tidal volume, which gives you the shallow breaths that we saw here,” the doctor continued.
“There is not an ounce of oxygen left in his body. And again … you can figure this out with very precise science, looking at once somebody stops breathing, what will be the rate of decline in oxygen, how long it will take to reach zero,” Tobin stated.
Chauvin’s trial reached its ninth day as the jury continues to gather information to deliver a verdict on whether the former Minneapolis police officer will be imprisoned on murder charges.
Well, this news is certainly going to spark all kinds of heated discussion concerning the trial of Derek Chauvin. No doubt leftists and those involved with Black Lives Matter will be demanding that they convicted Chauvin and make all kinds of threats of violence and rioting if they don’t get their wish.
Let’s hope that peace prevails.