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Expert questions doctor's handling of Prince

5 months 3 weeks 2 days ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 May 04, 2016 3:28 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

MINNEAPOLIS - An expert on treating addiction has questioned whether a California doctor responded appropriately when he was called to help Prince.

Speaking without direct knowledge of Prince's case, addiction medicine expert Dr. Stuart Gitlow questioned why Dr. Howard Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, on a flight to Prince's home in Minnesota rather than calling for emergency help.

The Kornfelds' lawyer, William Mauzy, said Wednesday that Prince's representatives told Howard Kornfeld that the singer was "dealing with a grave medical emergency" when they first contacted him the day before the musician's death.

Gitlow says if a doctor believes there is a medical emergency, "his obligation is to call an ambulance and get the patient to emergency personnel who can assess the situation - not to fly to the patient."

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