Julia D. Pineda, MD

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Ten years ago today, on the morning of 9/11/01, a woman fleeing the burning Pentagon lost control and crashed her car into a house on 15th Street, two blocks from Dr. Pineda's office at the time. The woman was slumped against the steering wheel, unconscious and barely breathing. 911 was overwhelmed with calls and not answering. Passers-by were frantic.

I was a patient of Dr. Pineda then. I sprinted to her office to beg her to help. She refused, even though the patient she was seeing for a routine checkup also urged her to go. I told her, "Our country is under attack, and a woman may die if you don't help." Dr. Pineda replied - in a chillingly detached manner - "Well, people die sometimes. She's not my patient. It's not my problem."

On that day that so many people in the medical profession behaved with courage and compassion, she responded with cowardice and callousness. I have been thinking about it all day today. I hope she is, too. I will never forget it. I hope she won't either.

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Ten years ago today, on the morning of 9/11/01, a woman fleeing the burning Pentagon lost control and crashed her car into a house on 15th Street, two blocks from Dr. Pineda's office at the time. The woman was slumped against the steering wheel, unconscious and barely breathing. 911 was overwhelmed with calls and not answering. Passers-by were frantic.

I was a patient of Dr. Pineda then. I sprinted to her office to beg her to help. She refused, even though the patient she was seeing for a routine checkup also urged her to go. I told her, "Our country is under attack, and a woman may die if you don't help." Dr. Pineda replied - in a chillingly detached manner - "Well, people die sometimes. She's not my patient. It's not my problem."

On that day that so many people in the medical profession behaved with courage and compassion, she responded with cowardice and callousness. I have been thinking about it all day today. I hope she is, too. I will never forget it. I hope she won't either.

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