October 25, 2011 by The ReadyWriter
I bet you Cherilyn Lee (pictured above), is glad she refused to give Michael Jackson propofol, if she hadn’t; she might be sitting where Conrad Murray is today; on trial for the pop star’s death.
Lee testified in the Conrad Murray trial today, how the sleep-hungry singer begged her to give him the powerful anesthetic two months prior to his death, then fired her when she refused.
The nurse who stood by her professional ethics, was called to the witness stand today by defense lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray, but her testimony often worked against the physician, whose now on trial for involuntary manslaughter going on week five.
Lee, a nurse practitioner in holistic medicine, recounted to jurors how Jackson, 50, asked for the anesthetic propofol by its brand name, Diprivan, during a meeting at his house in April 2009.
“He looked at me and said: ‘What I need is something that’s going to help me fall asleep right away, (and) the only thing that will help me do that is Diprivan,” Lee recalled of the house call. It was her last trip to Jackson’s home and the last time she saw him alive.
She said that after learning about the surgery-strength drug she was surprised he requested it. She said she quickly expressed to him her concerns. “He said: ‘No, I just need somebody to come here, and I will be safe. If it was monitored. As long as I’m being monitored,” she recalled.
She described the singer as “upset” over his insomnia and convinced that propofol – which he said he had received during a prior surgery, was the answer to his woes.
Lee said she ultimately refused to give him the medication, and that was the last time she ever saw Jackson in person, despite a history of giving him intravenous nutritional supplements. Defense lawyers hope her testimony will cast Jackson as a challenging patient who was blind to the dangers of the strong anesthetic.
In the meantime, Murray, 58, has pleaded not guilty and faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted. He contends Jackson gave himself extra drugs without his knowledge, causing a perfect storm that fueled the “Thriller” singer’s overdose and death.
The media is contending that the jury may have this case and ready to deliberate by the end of next week.
So stay tuned.