Saturday, February 11, 2006

Blue Coral: You ask, I provide

Somebody was searching for Blue Coral Medical Center. I don't know if this is the place they were looking for, but here goes:

Back-Alley Butchers vs. Main-Street Maimers:
Blue Coral Medical Center was temporarily shut down under an emergency order describing "deplorable conditions," including:
  • a suction device with "green mold" growing in it
  • improperly discarded bloodstained sponges
  • generally poor infection control
  • about 70 different kinds of medication with expired dates
  • unsafely administered general anesthesia
  • stirrups covered with blood
  • untrained workers monitoring women in recovery

Blue Coral owner Nabil Ghali also worked at Miami's notorious Dadeland abortion mill, where his quackery contributed to the death of abortion patient Ellen Williams.

An inspector was quoted as saying, "When we got there, there wasn't any soap in the place, so our inspectors had to go next door to wash their hands." Ghali had already had his medical license revoked in Florida and Kentucky due to a conviction for having sex with his 14-year-old goddaughter. Blue Coral was re-opened under stipulations. (Miami Herald 9-28-89, 1-4-90)

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