Five Days at Memorial explores heartbreaking moments in Hospita

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As we live in the midst of a quiet hurricane season…so far, and with Hurricane Katrina’s 17th anniversary fast approaching, Apple TV+ has an upcoming miniseries that is sure to revive memories. The Hurricane Katrina mini-series, Five days at the Memorial, charts a dilemma for doctors and nurses trying to decide who receives care and who is rescued when supplies are limited. Cherry Jones (24) portrays the director of nursing, Susan Mulderick. As head of the Disaster Emergency Committee, she quickly became the Incident Commander for Katrina, tasked with making impossible decisions about the 2,000 people inside the hospital when the hurricane hit. . Who is rescued first? Are they the sickest, most critical patients, or those who can walk quickly to the rescue boats?

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Also starring in Five days is actress Adepero Oduye who plays nurse manager Karen Wynn who hopes “we won’t do this again.” The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star continued to reflect on the 8-part miniseries, saying in a recent maintenance:

“I am very proud that the story was treated with care and tenderness. I don’t think we tell people what they think about anything. We’re just showing you as best we can what that story was like for those people.

Hurricane Katrina emotionally hit the Gulf Coast and the entire nation

Five days at the Memorial shows the socio-economic and racial issues that were at the forefront. At some point, things change from the devastating New Orleans scene to three men having lunch on a golf course. While enjoying a lavish lunch at a country club, three upper-class white men discuss whether an event like Hurricane Katrina is “good for business” as poor and black people in the New Orleans are fighting for their lives as their homes are destroyed. But it’s not just a racial divide. Hard-working medical professionals struggled to make tough decisions during the raging storm.


The 20-foot storm surge breached levees around New Orleans, flooding 80% of the city. Water quickly flooded the basement of the hospital, shutting down generators, which created sweltering heat. There was no evacuation plan in place, and lifeboats and helicopters were very scarce. Susan (Jones) had to choose who to send on the few boats and helicopters that arrived. Dr. Anna Pou, played by Vera Farmiga, wonders what to do with patients who were about to be left behind. Director Carlton Cuse said Showbiz:

“We really wanted to look at this process non-judgmentally and let the public see what was going on. And then the public could make up their own mind about the circumstances. But mostly I think we were trying to highlight how any medical professional is put in situations like this where health care has to be rationed, where you have to make decisions about who gets what or who gets rescued or who takes priority. These are terrible and impossible decisions that no one should have to make. And I hope that in the future, people will learn from experiences like this, and we won’t have situations like this again.

The first three episodes of Five days at the Memorial hit AppleTV+ on August 12, 2022. The remaining episodes will be available every Friday after the premiere.

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