Five Days at Memorial Episode 6 Recap and Ending Explained

This is the sixth installment of the Apple TV+ Medical drama “Five Days at Memorial entitled “45 Dead,” is a follow-up to Arthur “Butch” Schafer, an assistant attorney general for Louisiana’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which begins to look into the deaths of 45 that occurred in Memorial Medical Center and LifeCare Hospitals.

Schafer collaborates with the special agent of his unit Virginia Rider to conduct interviews with patients who worked at LifeCare to discover what transpired in the hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the immediate flooding. In the meantime, rumors began circulating that Memorial staff members killed LifeCare patients. The show ends with numerous details about LifeCare staff members, and we have decoded this for you! SPOILERS AHEAD.

Five Days at Memorial Episode 6 Recap

“45 Dead” opens in the form of the character Arthur “Butch” Schafer, who is grieving the loss of his child Shelly being assigned to look into the deaths that took place at Memorial hospital by Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti Jr. As the assistant attorney general contacts Tenet the owner of Memorial to collect information about the deaths that took place in the hospital but not to get the same information.

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LifeCare gives him information about the deaths of their patients, as well as that morphine was present within the deceased bodies of the same patients. Susan Mulderick and Karen Wynn join their colleagues to inform loved ones of the patients who died about the tragic incident.

As soon as it was time for the State of Louisiana officially starts an investigation into the Memorial deaths, the national media began calling Memorial doctors to discuss their side of the truth. Dr. Anna Pou asks Dr. Anna Susan what she can do in the same situation, and then she asks Susan to refer Susan to Tenet. When Tenet declares that they won’t provide a lawyer to her, she cannot reveal what transpired on the 5th day of being isolated in the hospital to the Tenet employee. She employs Richard T. Simmons Jr. as her lawyer. Schafer, after forming a team together with Virginia in an investigation into the Memorial deaths, visits the Memorial, but security guards block their entry into it.

Schafer and Virginia discuss the case with Diane Robichaux and Diane Robichaux, who expresses concerns about the death that her patients have suffered. She is candid about her involvement in patients’ demise to two investigators.

Five Days at Memorial Episode 6 Ending: Did Anna Pou Kill or Euthanize LifeCare Patients?

After speaking to Diane, Schafer and Virginia meet with LifeCare’s nursing executive Therese Mendez, physical Medicine Director Kristy Johnson, and pharmacist Ken Nakamaru. They all confess they were involved with the death of patients by Anna Pou. In fact, according to Sheri Fink’s own source text for the series, Therese Mendez told Diane that Pou was to give “lethal doses” to certain LifeCare patients. According to the source text, Mendez even admitted to an inquest that “Pou came upstairs to LifeCare and said that she was assuming responsibility for the patients and that they would be given a lethal dose of drugs,” according to the source text.

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Based on Diane, Pou took control of LifeCare and its patients before a final evacuation. “[…] she told me, ‘I’m aware that it’s hard for you, but I don’t want anyone to feel responsible for this, it is not related to LifeCare but,’ she stated something along the lines of”I’m fully responsible for this, and I don’t want anyone to be concerned about their license or something similar to that,” Diane said about the same thing, according to Fink’s original text. Although Therese claimed she saw Pou talking about “legal doses,” the lawyer for the latter later denied that his client had used the words.

Though Therese’s words suggest Pou may have been a euthanizer for LifeCare patients, such as Emmett Everett, the doctor dismissed the suggestion. “I don’t believe in the practice of euthanasia. I don’t believe it’s anyone else’s decision when a patient is dying. However, one thing I believe in is the concept of comfort care. That means we make sure that patients are not in discomfort,” she told Morley Safer on ’60 Minutes. But that does not mean that she hasn’t given the drug morphine to LifeCare patients. In 2007 Pou acknowledged that she had administered the drug to 9 LifeCare patients, despite knowing that the medication could have accelerated the deaths of these patients.

Because Pou was never found guilty of killing patients from the LifeCare patient, it would be unjust to say that she murdered identical patients. In the case of Anna’s concerns herself, she didn’t kill patients because she was determined to lessen their suffering and comfort them by administering an opioid.

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Anna’s words show that what she was hoping for when administering morphine was not death, which is why it’s not possible to consider the possibility of euthanasia. Because it’s nearly impossible to tell if Pou was thinking of something else in administering the drug, particularly when the jury’s decision against her conviction, any conclusion that says Pou murdered or euthanized patients cannot be taken as an assumption, instead of the fact.

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