Medicine in Iraq: “Keep her alive or we’ll kill the entire staff.”
Soon after the threat, the woman died, but the doctors pretended she was still alive. They carted her off to an operating room to bide some time and called the Iraqi police.
When police arrived, the woman’s family figured out she was dead and started shooting randomly in the hospital corridors, Kadhem said. Police and the woman’s family exchanged gunfire as the hospital staff raced for cover.