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  1. Good Day.... FYI.... http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-11-23/texas-doctor-tried-save-kennedys-life <QUOTE> Texas Doctor Tried to Save Kennedy's Life By JON MARK BEILUE MORRIS NEWS SERVICE – updated Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 11:05pm Sean Steffen / AGN Dr. Don Curtis speaks during a symposium at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Thursday, November 7, 2013 about his experiences in the Emergency Room at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas when President Kennedy was brought in. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. Sean Steffen / AGN Media A surgery was scheduled for the afternoon, and Don Curtis thought it best to get a bite to eat in the Parkland Hospital cafeteria while he could. At about 12:30 p.m., the same ahead seemed routine, or as routine as it could be in a hospital. Curtis, who grew up in Amarillo, was 26. He was a resident in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Parkland in Dallas. But Curtis soon felt the weight of history was thrust upon him. “I saw what I thought was the president’s car, and it looked like it had just arrived at the ER entrance,” Curtis said. “I was walking down the hall, and a policeman ran up to me and said, ‘Are you a doctor?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Hurry, come with me.’” In a matter of seconds, about 12:45 p.m. on Nov. 22, 1963, young Dr. Curtis was in Trauma Room 1 along with Dr. Charles Carrico and a nurse futilely attempting to save the life of President John F. Kennedy. Curtis didn’t have time to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the moment. He didn’t have time for anxiety. All he could do was be a doctor. Carrico was at the president’s head. He placed an endotracheal tube down the president’s throat and applied a respirator into the tube to maintain artificial respiration. Curtis then unbuttoned Kennedy’s bloody shirt and saw what he was certain was a bullet entrance wound in the pretracheal area of the throat. There was large swelling and blood on the president’s neck. Curtis then moved toward Kennedy’s ankle to perform a cutdown, where an incision is made and a vein is dissected for a catheter. “I pulled the president’s pants leg up and saw a piece of his brain and that gave me a clue his prognosis was not good,” Curtis said. By then, the trauma room was filled with every senior doctor as they watched their colleagues work on the president. Another doctor stepped in to replace Dr. Kemp Clark, a neurosurgeon who’d been working on Kennedy. He pulled up the president’s head to examine the back. Then came the words that will always stay with Curtis. “He said, ‘Stop. Stop resuscitation. This is incompatible with life.’” The room was quiet. “No one knew what to say,” Curtis said. “We just stood there looking at each other.” With all the hospital chiefs there, Curtis — a first-year resident — thought it best to now excuse himself. But Jackie Kennedy, the presidents’s wife, blocked his exit. So he remained as each chief examined the fatal head wound and left. Curtis, too, said he “got a good look at it.” The cerebellum of the brain was gone. Curtis went to tell the patient scheduled for afternoon surgery it was postponed. He made his rounds and then went home. In a meeting the following Monday, one day after assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was killed, the doctors there came to an understanding they would mention as little of what they had seen as possible. That is until President Lyndon Johnson put together the Warren Commission, a group charged with investigating the assassination. In short time, Curtis had a pre-interview with special counsel Arlen Specter. To Curtis, it seemed the future Pennsylvania senator was trying to sway, if not intimidate, him about Kennedy’s wounds. Curtis, along with several other Parkland doctors, he said, thought the throat wound was an entrance wound, not an exit one, which would mean more than one assassin. Specter kept pushing that he see it as an exit wound or a hematoma. Curtis believed later that narrative fit the official Warren report version that Oswald acted alone. Fifty years ago, there were no burgeoning conspiracy controversies. Curtis, familiar with gunshot wounds from his trauma room work at Parkland, just knew what he saw. In the official deposition with the Warren Commission on March 24, 1964, Specter asked Curtis 57 questions. Specter’s questions danced around the throat wound. Curtis tried to put that time behind him. He went on to a long and distinguished career in Amarillo. It unnerved him, he said, that of around 1,400 people called to testify before the Warren Commission, 118 died unusual and sometimes mysterious deaths. Oliver Stone’s 1991 conspiracy-centric movie, “JFK,” didn’t help. When the Warren Commission released its report in September 1964, more than 80 percent of Americans believed the veracity of its conclusion that Oswald was a lone demented gunman. Since then, conspiracies have sprouted and never gone away. According to a Gallup poll last month, 61 percent of Americans — including Curtis — believe the assassination was a conspiracy, though that’s down from 75 percent in 2003. There are those who have known Curtis for 40 years who didn’t know his place in history. Only as the 50th anniversary approached has he broken his silence, first with a civic club or two, then two weeks ago, at an event at West Texas A&M University. He could be the only living witness to the events in Trauma Room 1 at Parkland on that day a half-century ago. It’s a notion that has impacted him. “Through the years, it has been of little interest to me,” Curtis said, “but it has become worrisome to me in the last year. It was a terrible event. And it is still worrisome to me that I can’t reconcile my knowledge of what I saw with the findings of the government.” • Jon Mark Beilue is an AGN Media columnist. He can be reached at jon.beilue@amarillo.com or (806) 345-3318. His blog and video blog appear on amarillo.com. <END QUOTE> Best Regards in Research +++Don Donald Roberdeau United States Navy U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67, plank walker Sooner, or later, The Truth emerges Clearly For your key considerations + independent determinations.... Homepage: President KENNEDY "Men of Courage" speech, and Assassination Evidence, Witnesses, Photographers, Suspects, + Outstanding Researchers Discoveries + Key Considerations.... http://droberdeau.blogspot.com/2009/08/1-men-of-courage-jfk-assassination_09.html The Dealey Plaza Detailed Map: Detailing 11-22-63 Victims Precise Locations + Reactions, Evidence, Witnesses Locations, Photographers, Suspected Bullet Trajectories, Important Information + Key Considerations, in One Convenient Resource.... http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/3966/dppluschartsupdated1111.gif (updated map, + new information) Visual Report: The First Bullet Impact Into President Kennedy: While JFK was Still Hidden Under the "magic-limbed-ricochet-tree".... http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/2446/206cropjfk1102308ms8.gif Visual Report: Reality Versus C.A.D. : the Real World, versus, Garbage-in, Garbage-out.... http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/5066/jsf.gif Discovery: "Very Close JFK Assassination Witness ROSEMARY WILLIS Zapruder Film Documented 2nd Headsnap: West, Ultrafast, and Directly Towards the Grassy Knoll".... http://droberdeau.blogspot.com/2011/01/discovery-close-jfk-assassination.html T ogether E veryone A chieves M ore For the United States: http://www.dhs.gov
  2. Good Day.... FYI.... http://keranews.org/post/parkland-doctor-breaks-50-year-silence-about-day-jfk-was-shot **** NOTE **** Even though doctor JOHN HENRY "Red" DUKE claims in this 2013 article that this is the first time he has spoken publicly, in fact, I remembered (and documented it on my 16,700 pages timeline) that on 11-22-03 doctor DUKE, actually, spoke publicly in a segment played on "National Public Radio," that is still available for you in transcript and audio forms, here.... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1516423 **** NOTE **** In the same 11-22-03 "NPR" segment doctor ROBERT G. GROSSMAN was also interviewed, claiming that he was in Parkland Hospital trauma room #1, and, he claimed that he saw President KENNEDY's head wounds up close.... Unfortunately for GROSSMAN, their are key doubts that he was actually in trauma room #1.... http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/grossman.htm <QUOTE> Parkland Doctor Breaks 50-Year Silence About The Day JFK Was Shot By BJ AUSTIN Dr. Red Duke gets a handshake and thank you after telling the story of his work as a Parkland Hospital doctor November 22, 1963. For the first time, a doctor at Parkland Hospital in 1963 is speaking publically about his role after bullets struck President John F. Kennedy's motorcade in downtown Dallas. This year is the 50th anniversary of the President's assassination. LISTEN: http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kera/audio/2013/02/10279.mp3 Dr. Red Duke, renowned trauma surgeon from Houston was on the thoracic surgery team at Parkland Hospital in 1963. His job that day was to help save the life of wounded Texas Governor John Connally, also shot as he rode in the motorcade. After 50 years, he told his story for the first time: to hundreds of emergency medicine doctors and technicians gathered at the Dallas Sheraton for an annual conference. “We didn’t talk much about it, Duke told his audience. "Well, I never have. This is the first time I’ve ever said anything about it.” Dr. Duke recalled going downstairs to the Emergency Room, seeing crowds of people, and Jacqueline Kennedy, sitting on a chair outside Trauma Room 1 – her pink suit stained with blood. He entered, saw the President’s devastating head wound, and was quickly shifted to Trauma Room 2 to take care of the Governor. “He had this big chest wound. His lung was flopping in and out," Duke recalled. "So I stopped it up and put a chest tube in him – just like you do any other gunshot wound.” But it was the Governor of Texas, and it was a day like no other. Dr. Duke says after he stabilized Connally, they rushed him into surgery. And, for the first time ever, they had a radio in the operating room. “We heard all the things. The President’s been pronounced dead. And all the other events that followed. We heard about the officer being shot over in Oak Cliff,” Duke said. After chest surgery, more doctors arrived to repair bullet damage to Connally’s right wrist and retrieve a fragment of bullet lodged in his thigh, near the femoral artery. Two days later, Dr. Duke was back in a trauma room working to save the life of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, who was shot by Jack Ruby. Dr. Duke says after the events of that November, he got out of town. He went deer hunting in Pampa Texas – a nice place to hide, he said. He says he worked that day as trained and on instinct, trying to save his patient. Any thoughts of a place in history had to wait. TAGS: JFK Kennedy Assasination Red Duke Governor John Connally <END QUOTE> Best Regards in Research +++Don Donald Roberdeau United States Navy U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67, plank walker Sooner, or later, The Truth emerges Clearly For your key considerations and independent determinations.... Homepage: President KENNEDY "Men of Courage" speech, and Assassination Evidence, Witnesses, Suspects + Outstanding Researchers Discoveries and Key Considerations.... http://droberdeau.bl...ination_09.html The Dealey Plaza Map Detailing 11-22-63 Victims precise locations, Witnesses, Films & Photos, Evidence, Suspected bullet trajectories, Important information & Considerations, in One Convenient Resource.... http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/3966/dppluschartsupdated1111.gif (new info, 2012 updated map) Visual Report: The First Bullet Impact Into President Kennedy: while JFK was Still Hidden Under the "Magic-limbed-ricochet-tree".... http://img504.images...k1102308ms8.gif Visual Report: Reality versus C.A.D. : the Real World, versus, Garbage-in, Garbage-out.... http://img248.images...ealityvscad.gif Discovery: "Very Close JFK Assassination Witness ROSEMARY WILLIS Zapruder Film Documented 2nd Headsnap: West, Ultrafast, and Directly Towards the Grassy Knoll".... http://educationforu...?showtopic=2394 T ogether E veryone A chieves M ore For the United States: http://www.dhs.gov
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