Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink’s gut-wrenching 2013 book Five Days at Memorial tells the true story of the medical professionals in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. With the power out, staff being evacuated and floodwaters rising, doctors, nurses and physician’s assistants had to start making impossible calls about what to do with their patients. As Fink started digging deeper into the story, some very ugly truths start to come to light.
Now, that book is getting a miniseries adaption at Apple TV Plus, led by The Conjuring‘s Vera Farmiga. The series is written, produced and directed by John Ridley (Twelve Years a Slave) and Carlton Cuse (Lost). Looks like a tough, but necessary, watch.
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“Five Days at Memorial” chronicles the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on a local hospital. When the floodwaters rose, power failed, and heat soared, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital were forced to make decisions that would follow them for years to come.