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Black Doctor Dies of COVID-19 After Complaining About Racism at Hospital

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Indianapolis, IN — Susan Moore, an African American doctor from Indiana, died due to complications from COVID-19 just two weeks after claiming that a white doctor ignored her complaints and requests for medication. In a video she posted on Facebook, she expressed that she wouldn’t have experienced such mistreatment if she weren’t Black.

Earlier this month, Moore recorded herself from a hospital bed while sharing her experience at Indiana University Health North Hospital. She said her doctor dismissed her complaints of shortness of breath.

She also said she requested to receive Remdesivir, the antiviral drug used to treat patients with COVID-19. But the doctor said he didn’t feel comfortable giving her more narcotics and “he made me feel like I was a drug addict,” she said in the video.

Moore, who was an internist, said the doctor even tried to release her from the hospital at 10 pm despite her having pulmonary infiltration. She was later discharged from IU North Hospital but was again taken to a different hospital less than 12 hours after, where she was pronounced dead.

“This is how Black people get killed,” Moore said in the video, “when you send them home and they don’t know how to fight for themselves.”

With Moore’s untimely death, she leaves behind her elderly parents and 19-year old son, Henry Muhammed. A GoFundMe was set up on behalf of them to assist her family with their immediate needs. It has so far raised more than $170,000.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for IU North Hospital confirmed that Moore was a patient at the hospital and that she was eventually discharged but did not comment further, citing patient privacy.

“As an organization committed to equity and reducing racial disparities in healthcare, we take accusations of discrimination very seriously and investigate every allegation,” the spokesman said, according to CNN.