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Michael Jackson could have been saved, claims propofol expert at manslaughter trial

October 20, 2011

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“The most likely thing that happened was that his airways were obstructed. Michael Jackson was trying to breathe but his tongue got stuck in the back of his throat.”

Dr. Steven Shafer made the dramatic claim today at the ongoing trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the man charged with the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. “A simple chin lift or the use of an instrument to move the tongue may well have been all that was needed to save his life.”

The late superstar’s mother, Katherine Jackson, was said to be distraught as she listened to the testimony of leading propofol expert Dr. Schafer at Los Angeles Superior Court.

“Michael Jackson died because he stopped breathing; that is expected when you administer intravenous sedatives. You just have to open the airways so oxygen can get through” he told the jury. Dr. Schafer also criticised Murray for not having appropriate equipment on standby that “would have saved his life.”

“Every day I am asked, ‘Are you going to give me the drug that killed Michael Jackson?'”, he later added. “I want people to know that when people are given this drug by people who know what they are doing, it is safe.”

Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial continues.

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