JFK’s Final Hours: Stories From the Dallas Hospital E.R. Team

Portions of interviews with some of the doctors who treated Kennedy are aired. Lueth said she had reached out to Dr. Malcom Perry, the attending surgeon in charge at Parkland hospital that day, and Dr. Kemp Clark, the chief of neurosurgery, but due to health issues neither was able to participate in her program. 

Dallas Medical Team Shares Their Experience

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Perry’s actions that late November day, forever etched in the minds of many of today’s senior citizens, had been previously chronicled by Jimmy Breslin in one of the most widely read and distributed newspaper columns of the time.

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“Malcolm Perry’s long fingers ran over the chest under him and he tried to get a heartbeat, and even the suggestion of breathing, and there was nothing. ..."

"...There was only the still body, pale white in the light, and it kept bleeding, and now Malcolm Perry started to call for things and move his hands quickly because it was all running out,” Breslin wrote in the New York Herald Tribune on Nov. 24, 1963. 

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Lueth’s interviews, of course, offer the perspective of time and the knowledge gained in the six decades since JFK was a shot. But they also hint that there is too much yet to know.

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She points out in an opinion article posted on the CBS News website that the doctors’ “recollections were precise and clear, as if the intervening decades had melted away. 

… They didn't agree on everything, but it became obvious that the way the president looked at Parkland did not match the autopsy photos taken at Bethesda even before the official autopsy began.” 

Lueth, along with her husband, has spent more than 15 years researching the Kennedy assassination. “The doctors at Parkland had extensive experience in treating gunshot wounds and had no agenda other than trying to save the president's life."