Injustice After Katrina

Dr. Anna Pou, poses for a photograph at her home New Orleans on Saturday, July 22, 2006. Dr. Pou and nurses, Cheri Landry and Lori Budo, were arrested July 17, accused of being principals to second-degree murder in the deaths of four patients at Memorial Medical Center three days after Katrina hit Aug. 29. Formal charges will be up to the New Orleans prosecutor.
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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchorHarry Smith.

Many of us have pretty much forgotten about Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Those of us who have been there have not.

As the second anniversary of the hurricane nears, I've been seeing more stories about the slow recovery, the snafus, the horrendous problems that still confront the people who are trying to make a go of it there.

But, there was one piece of good news Tuesday.

A grand jury in New Orleans refused to indict a doctor on charges that she intentionally killed several patients at Memorial Hospital, in stinking chaos after the storm. No electricity, no air conditioning, 90-degree temperatures — and no help in the flooded hospital for four long days.

Anna Pou and her nurses miraculously kept many patients alive in that darkness, only to be charged with murder after help finally came. Sadly, the doctor still faces civil suits from some patients' families — which only goes to show that, two years later, Katrina is still claiming victims.

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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchorHarry Smith.

By Harry Smith