Perp Nurse after the execution

I had asked the lady who identified herself as the “perp nurse” at the Georgia State Prison in Jackson, Georgia whether she was on duty in the execution chamber when Adrew DeYoung died.   Her answer in part, “No sir.  Our medical unit has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the execution.  It is handled by an outside agency who has doctors who do the exams and, I presume, pronounce the man dead.  This makes it easier for the (prison) staff.  Execution day is always difficult for the whole prison.  I am there to help people no matter what they have done and I make no judgments about them pertaining to their medical care.  For most inmates, I have no need to know why they are there.   Of couse, death row is different because most were high profile cases and are in the news even years later because of appeals, etc……I can tell you from my own experience that most people do grimace, maybe take a few gasping deaths as they are dying.   It is really the body’s attempt to stay alive…..”


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