A black doctor who claimed she was mistreated because of her race while suffering from COVID-19 at an Indiana hospital has died, according to her family.
Dr. Susan Moore died Sunday, her cousin announced on Twitter.
Moore was diagnosed with the virus on Nov. 29 and was hospitalized. But she went viral on social media with videos claiming she had to beg for a CT scan and remdesivir, an antiviral drug that can speed up recovery from the virus.
In a Dec. 4 video posted on Facebook, Moore claimed doctors at Indiana University Health hospital even tried to send her home.
“This is how black people get killed, when you send them home and they don’t know how to fight for themselves,” she said on the video. “I had to talk to somebody, maybe the media, somebody, to let people know how I’m being treated up in this place.”
Moore said she had to plead with a white doctor at the hospital for treatment, but was told she would likely be sent home.
“I was in so much pain from my neck, my neck hurt so bad,” she said on the video. “I was crushed. He made me feel like a drug addict and he knows I’m a physician.”
Moore said she spoke to a patient advocate “who left me wanting,” and asked to be moved to another hospital.
When the doctors finally did the scan, they found new damage to her lungs — but kept her waiting for hours for painkillers, she charged.
“And that nurse was telling me, ‘Oh, I was marching in Black Lives Matter,’” Moore said. “I told her, ‘No, I don’t believe none of that. Not one bit. Not one iota. You wouldn’t even know how to march. Probably can’t even spell it. I put forth and I maintain if I was white, I wouldn’t have to go through that,” she said. And that man never came back and apologized.”
In a statement Wednesday, the hospital said it does not comment on specific patients or their medical histories.
But, the statement said, “as an organization committed to equity and reducing racial disparities in healthcare, we take accusations of discrimination very seriously and investigate every allegation.”
“Treatment options are often agreed upon and reviewed by medical experts from a variety of specialties, and we stand by the commitment and expertise of our caregivers and the quality of care delivered to our patients every day.”