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Jackson doctor 'sought CPR machine'

A lawyer for the promoter of Michael Jackson's final concerts said the singer's personal doctor asked the company for life-saving equipment just days before the pop superstar's death.

Kathy Jorrie, who works for concert giant AEG Live, testified at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr Conrad Murray that she questioned some of the doctor's requests, which also included the possibility of hiring a second doctor to assist him.

"Dr Murray told me Michael Jackson was perfectly healthy, in excellent condition," Ms Jorrie testified. She said Murray told her not to worry about Jackson's condition. "He's great," she recounted the doctor telling her in a conversation the day before Jackson's death.

Murray asked for a CPR machine in case one was not available at the concert venue at London's O2 Arena, Ms Jorrie explained.

Prosecutors allege Murray caused Jackson's death by providing him with a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol and other sedatives without the proper lifesaving equipment or skills.

Earlier in the day, a promoter told jurors that Jackson appeared strong during one of the final rehearsals for the highly anticipated comeback concerts. Paul Gongaware, an executive for AEG Live, said Jackson seemed engaged and energetic during the session just two days before he died.

Mr Gongaware also testified that he saw Murray at one of Jackson's rehearsals after people affiliated with the planned concerts complained that the singer had been missing some of the sessions.

Ms Jorrie also testified about drafting a contract for Murray to work as Jackson's personal doctor. At one point in negotiations, Murray requested his contract be modified to allow him to hire another doctor in case he was tired or unavailable while Jackson was performing in London, she testified.

Prosecutors also planned to call one of Jackson's bodyguards and his personal assistant. Murray frantically called the assistant after he found the singer unconscious.

Murray has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison and have to relinquish his medical licence.


From Belfast Telegraph