The doctor who treated George Floyd after the encounter with Minneapolis police that left him dead said Monday that he had little chance of survival by the time he got to the hospital.
Dr. Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld testified at the murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin, saying the delay in giving Floyd CPR before an ambulance got to the scene greatly reduced his chances of being revived.
Langenfeld said Floyd had not received CPR at the scene of his arrest before the ambulance arrived at Hennepin County Medical Center on May 25.
By that point, Floyd had no pulse — and could not be revived despite lengthy attempts to save his life, the doctor said.
“At that point, in the absence of any apparent reversible cause and because Mr. Floyd had been in (cardiac) arrest, by this time, 60 minutes, I determine that the likelihood of any meaningful outcome was far below 1 percent and that we would not be able to resuscitate Mr. Floyd,” Langenfeld testified. “And so I then pronounced him dead.”
Langenfeld told jurors that a delay in giving CPR when a patient is in cardiac arrest, as Floyd was, can decrease the chance of survival 10 to 15 percent per minute.
Video of the incident shows Floyd motionless for about four minutes while being restrained by police before paramedics arrived.
Langenfeld also said paramedics who brought Floyd to the emergency room around 8:50 p.m. on the day of his death did not report he had a heart attack or a drug overdose.
“The absence of that information was telling that I had no reason to believe that that was the case here,” Langenfeld testified.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo followed Langenfeld on the witness stand and testified about the department’s training, ethics and conduct policies — but has yet to be questioned about the day of Floyd’s death.
“To serve with compassion to me means to understand and authentically accept that we see our neighbor as ourselves,” the chief testified. “We value one another.”
He is due to resume his testimony later Monday afternoon.
Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson contends Floyd died as a result of drug use and a heart condition — not the ex-cop’s actions.
Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, testified last week that they both struggled with drug addiction during their three-year relationship.