In the now viral video, Dr. Moore said her white doctor didn’t believe she was short of breath and told her she should be discharged immediately despite her protestations. He also didn’t feel comfortable giving her any additional narcotics to ease her pain.

“He made me feel like I was a drug addict, and he knew I was a physician,” Dr. Moore said. It took additional scans, showing that her condition was worsening, for the hospital to agree to provide her pain killer. It’s an obstacle Dr. Moore believed she wouldn’t have had to go through if she was white.


Even then, it took hours for her to receive medication. She inquired about the time-lag to a nurse, who allegedly retorted that he had several other patients to attend to. According to Dr. Moore, the nurse also told her that he participated in Black Lives Matter protests, as if that negated any concerns of racial discrimination.

Dr. Moore was eventually discharged, but within 12 hours her fever spiked, her blood pressure dropped, and her heart rate skyrocketed. She was taken to a different hospital and was transferred to the ICU, where she died after being put on a ventilator.


Her video acts as a cautionary tale of medical racism. Even Moore, a doctor with a medical background, wasn’t exempt from poor treatment. And if a medical professional can’t receive fair treatment, what hope is there for the rest of us?

It’s true that we do not have the perspective of the medical staff who were assigned to Dr. Moore. Covid-19 has been undoubtedly nightmarish for doctors and nurses alike, especially as ICU capacity continues to dwindle. Working with covid-19 patients means that they are putting their lives on the line every day, and as of September over 1,700 healthcare workers have died from covid-19 in the United States, disproportionately people of color. But these stats, these facts, and these realities do not negate Dr. Moore’s. Whether she was “complex” or not, her health was a priority, and her claims are both alarming and typical of that of many Black patients who have had doctors and nurses tell them their pain is imaginary.


Dr. Moore was right. This is how Black people get killed. But Murphy and racially biased medical staff would sooner blame Black patients for their own poor treatment than encourage a morsel of introspection.