Dr. Steven Shafer took a direct at shot in open court at his counterpart, defense witness Dr. Paul White. Dr. Shafer testified that he was disappointed in a study by Dr. White that said Michael Jackson could have died from drinking the anesthetic propofol because it's simply not possible.
It’s important to remember Dr. Shafer and Dr. White are both anesthesiologists and have been colleagues/friends for close to 30 years. Both men are highly respected in their field.
Dr. Shafer backed up his claim that there is zero possibility that Jackson died of oral ingestion with a study he conducted in Chile. The study involved six volunteers drinking propofol and documented the effects the drug had on their bodies.
Half of the volunteers drank 200 mg and the other half drank 400 mg. The volunteers' vitals were continuously montitored and recorded. Doctors also periodically took blood samples from the volunteers.
Here are some of the results from the study in Chile:
-None of the subjects became sedated or sleepy
-None of the subjects had a drop in blood pressure
-None of the subjects had a drop in the oxygen levels of their blood
-All of the subjects survived
Defense attorneys told the judge they intend to drop the theory that Jackson orally ingested propofol. Instead, the defense is expected to argue that Jackson gave himself the lethal dose of propofol through an I.V.
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