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Dr Murray offers to help sick children

Thursday, March 13 2014

Dr Conrad Murray has offered to help children and adult cardiac patients access specialist care overseas, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan disclosed yesterday.

“He has offered to assist with his contacts abroad for paediatric cardiac surgery and cardiology. It will be at a low cost to the country,” Khan told Newsday in a text message reply.

Born in Grenada but raised in Trinidad, Murray served two years in prison in the United States for the death of pop icon Michael Jackson who died from an overdose of propofol in 2009.

Murray returned to Trinidad for Carnival earlier this month, playing mas with his daughter and girlfriend.

Khan was asked about persistent reports that Murray was in talks with the Health Ministry.

“I have not employed anybody,” Khan said in his text reply last evening.

Earlier yesterday, Khan denied Murray had found employment in Trinidad when asked about reports circulating on the Internet.

“Ninety-eight percent of what you read on the net is garbage, 98 percent of the medical journals, what people put there, are theatrics,” Khan told reporters at the launch of a drug prevention programme at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope. Reports surfaced on American entertainment news website TMZ, that Conrad doctor is in talks with the Health Ministry to use his connections as a well-known heart surgeon to facilitate surgeries for Trinidadian children abroad.

TMZ said Murray’s role will be strictly consultative, and he will not be treating patients. The proposal came after concerns were expressed that there was a backlog of cases of children awaiting heart surgeries.

Khan, according to a local television news report, has said Murray will have to put his proposal in writing for the ministry to consider. Khan has previously said there was no reason why Murray could not practice in Trinidad, if he is approved for a medical licence by the Medical Board.

Murray previously practiced as a heart surgeon in Trinidad before migrating to the United States.

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