Surgeon at Seth Rich’s hospital says his wounds were not fatal

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Wednesday, on the Internet chat forum 4chan, an individual who goes by the alias of Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) claimed to be a surgery resident at Washington Hospital Center who had attended to Seth Rich — the 27-year-0ld Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer who leaked thousands of damaging DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

Rich was shot in the early morning hours (around 4 a.m.) on Sunday, July 10, in a residential area of Washington, D.C. Although police say Rich was the victim of a “random burglary,” his killer(s) left behind Rich’s wallet, watch and cell phone.

Unless Anonymous comes forth to reveal his/her identity, there is no way for us to know if Anonymous is who he/she claims to be. However, as you will read for yourself, I find Anonymous to be credible because of the display of medical knowledge and use of medical shorthand terminology.

This is what Anonymous said:

  • Seth Rich was shot twice in the back.
  • He sustained a “small injury” to his liver and “several small bowel injuries” — none of which was fatal.
  • He was taken to the operating room, where his injuries were treated.
  • He was then moved to ICU (Intensive Care Unit) where he received blood transfusion. He was stable, his blood pressure normal.
  • 8 hours after Rich arrived at the hospital, the place “swarmed” with law enforcement officers. Everyone, except the attending physician and a few nurses, was kicked out of the ICU. There were no visiting hours, which is abnormal for ICU.
  • That morning, Anonymous and the other doctors were instructed not to make rounds (visits) on “the VIP that came in last night” (Seth Rich).
  • When Rich died, no one other than the attending physician was allowed to see him. There was no code alert or call for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation team. Although Anonymous was with a patient in the next room, he/she was blocked from attending to Rich.
  • At the time, Anonymous couldn’t understand why the patient Rich was treated that way and thought the whole thing to be “fishy”. Later, when he found out that the patient was Seth Rich, Anonymous “was terrified”.

Here’s a screenshot of Anonymous’ post (click to enlarge):

4chan deletes its contents at the end of each day, but the thread on which Anonymous had posted was briefly archived, which enabled me to copy what Anonymous wrote (see below) before the archived thread was removed.

Below are Anonymous’ post and his responses to 4chan readers’ queries:

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:12:50 No.125912863:

4th year surgery resident here who rotated at WHC (Washington Hospital Center) last year, it won’t be hard to identify me but I feel that I shouldn’t stay silent.

Seth Rich was shot twice, with 3 total gunshot wounds (entry and exit, and entry). He was taken to the OR emergently [sic] where we performed an exlap and found a small injury to segment 3 of the liver which was packed and several small bowel injuries (pretty common for gunshots to the back exiting the abdomen) which we resected ~12cm of bowel and left him in discontinuity (didn’t hook everything back up) with the intent of performing a washout in the morning. He did not have any major vascular injuries otherwise. I’ve seen dozens of worse cases than this which survived and nothing about his injuries suggested to me that he’d sustained a fatal wound.

Note: “OR” means operating room; “exlap” refers to exploratory laparotomy — is a surgical operation where the abdomen is opened and the abdominal organs examined for injury or disease. It is the standard of care in various blunt and penetrating trauma situations in which there may be multiple life-threatening injuries; “resected” means cut off or remove.

In the meantime he was transferred to the ICU and transfused 2 units of blood when his post-surgery crit came back ~20. He was stable and not on any pressors, and it seemed pretty routine. About 8 hours after he arrived we were swarmed by LEOs and pretty much everyone except the attending and a few nurses was kicked out of the ICU (disallowing visiting hours -normally every odd hour, eg 1am, 3am, etc- is not something we do routinely). It was weird as hell. At turnover that morning we were instructed not to round on the VIP that came in last night (that’s exactly what the attending said, and no one except for me and another resident had any idea who he was talking about).

Note: “post-surgery crit” is post-surgery critical care; “pressor” means “tending to increase blood pressure”; “LEOs” is law enforcement officers; “not to round” means not to make bedside visits.

No one here was allowed to see Seth except for my attending when he died. No code was called. I rounded on patients literally next door but was physically blocked from checking in on him. I’ve never seen anything like it before, and while I can’t say 100% that he was allowed to die, I don’t understand why he was treated like that. Take it how you may, /pol/, I’m just one low level doc. Something’s fishy though, that’s for sure.

Note: “No code was called” means no emergency alert was sounded for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation team; “/pol/” refers to “politically incorrect” posts on 4chan.

A commenter challenged Anonymous:

prove you are not a larper.
what are the list of medications you administered throughout the entire process?

Note: “a larper” is someone who engages in larp or live action role playing, i.e., someone online pretending to be someone else.

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:26:47 No.125914751:

When he [Seth Rich] arrived to the trauma ward he had LR running, I don’t keep up with how much he got but less than 2 liters before we rolled to the OR.

Note: “LR” is Lactated Ringers (solution), a common fluid replacement for patients who have lost blood or other body fluids; “PRBC” is packed red blood cells; “FFP” is fresh frozen plasma.

No transfusion was done in trauma; the massive transfusion protocol was started because he was hypotensive on arrival but by the time the cooler (4u PRBC, 2u FFP) was ready we were on the way to the OR and honestly I don’t remember if he got any of it beforehand; he responded well to just IVF resuscitation so we went ahead with the surgery any just ended up giving him 2 units afterwards (the crit we got in trauma was returned just after we left and was low, ~24 IIRC but it wasn’t communicated to us… teamwork fail for sure but that can happen when we’re rushing to the OR)

Note: “hypotensive” means abnormally low blood pressure.

As for the rest of the meds? You’d have to ask anesthesia I guess. He didn’t need anything from us in the ICU except a propofol/fentanyl drip to maintain sedation while intubated but that’s pretty par for the course. The important part was that he was hemodynamically stable and not requiring pressors.

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:36:13 No.125915975

I haven’t spoken to the attending who was on staff that night but the other resident I was with that night doesn’t remember it in any clarity (he was called to traumas as part of his rotation but that was ancillary to his ICU -different ICU btw- duties). Basically he said, “yeah that was weird, right?” At the time we were way more concerned with the rising class / new interns (July 1st is a terrifying time to be a patient lol) to make much notice… it always stuck in my head as something super bizarre but it was a long time before I even realized it was Seth Rich. When he arrived he was assigned by our system a trauma number, not a name as his patient ID. I only knew him at that time as Tra### (no freaking way that I remember the actual number). When it came to light who he was a while later I was floored. And terrified.

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:39:36 No.125916400

Nope, nothing in the head so no freaking way we’d CT before going to the OR with a clear intraabdominal GSW. No need to FAST or anything, just stabilize and go to the OR

Note: “CT” is CAT scan; “GSW” is gunshot wound.

One could always just increase the propofol drip or give him a ton of roc and screw with the vent settings. No idea if that happened but it’d be easy if you have the right meds and access

Anonymous (ID: rhotYJAg) 05/17/17(Wed)13:53:57 No.125918189

He had two holes in his right flank and one in the left upper quadrant. In trauma you always assume by protocol that 3 holes = 3 bullets but it was pretty clear that he was shot twice by the trajectory of the bullet (eg, his liver injury). I’ve also seen enough GSWs to know that the media doesn’t get the number right every time.

Yeah, I’m not going to do that. Way too dangerous.

Alright anons it’s been swell but I’ll be gone for the next few hours for regular residency meeting / journal club BS. Take everything you read especially from the MSM with a grain of salt as usual but don’t stop digging.


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Dr. Eowyn’s post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds


  1. If Rich was the leaker to Wiki, it may be why the DNC did not allow the FBI to examine their servers. Perhaps there was no hack, and the DNC knew it.

  2. Amazing that breitbart and drudge are not covering this. This is either legit or a resident is playing a sick joke, because it is definitely a medical professional who has written it.

  3. This resident gave way too much information about him/herself. It wouldn’t take much effort to identify this res simply by looking at the work schedule: Was one of the resident surgeons operating on SR; was making rounds in the ICU when SR was there; was in the room seeing a patient next to SR’s…. Very dangerous for this resident if what he/she said is true and not very smart….

  4. Crime is a useful tool of the Western elites, whose deep-state intelligence agencies regularly entrap thousands of dupes in crimes involving pedophilia, prostitution, drugs, smuggling, taking bribes, influence peddling, and even killings, in order to blackmail and use them in their pursuit of political or economic gain. The power elites have no qualms about using assets in the various agencies who are embedded in crime and feel they have a license to kill do their dirty work. That is why our capitals are so corrupt and the elites are above the law, and get away with murder.

  5. “crit” means hematocrit, not “critical care.” Anonymous may be a doctor, but “Dr. Eowyn” appears to have NO medical training, so his assessment of “credibility” is pretty suspect. Not sure what to make of this. It would be nice if the investigating DC police gave a statement.

  6. Murder is considered a political elite perquisite. This is why we need term limits; to stop the murder.

  7. I didn’t even read that he was still alive .the way the MSM stories was written implied he was already dead on the scene. Wow, if this is true, our country is in serious trouble. If I were his family, I would not know what to make of this. So many false stories, , who do you believe?

    • I’ve read that his family says all investigations should stop. Makes no sense without money and conspiracy yet we’re no longer allowed to wonder if powerful people might get together to….(read George Carlin on this point).

  8. It is ‘well established’ that the Clinton’s maintain assassination teams which they dispatch globally. James Wesley Howell, the LA LGBT Parade hitman who surrendered to police after he heard about fellow trainee, Omar Mateen, being killed gave an interview to Brenda Corpian [not real name] about a CIA training facility in Virginia where he met Hillary, Huma, and his recruiter Marcus Robertson. I also have read about two other private security firms that work for the Clintons – G4S Security and Triple Canopy LLC.

    • Bill is a paid agent of the Chinese government. The PRC will kill anyone who gets in Billary’s way as long as there is plausible denial.

  9. Dems are sitting on two ticking nuclear timebombs: The murder of Seth Rich and Obama’s massive spying on political opponents.

    The dems’ increasingly ridiculous Get Trump hysteria is merely a desperate distraction from what they know could soon destroy them.

  10. We are in the midst of a coup d’etat, folks… Start fighting back, or it’s the long breadlines of Moscow in the future…

  11. IDK how the Clintons can keep getting away from these “mysterious deaths” in their close proximity, but they always do. Damn them to Hell!

    • The Clintons aren’t the only ones…. many pols in DC are as crooked as can be so they cover for each other’s duffs and unhappy that Trump , the outsider, (who is not motivated by money and pay-offs) is in office.

      Recall James Comey who protected Clinton, example.

  12. You know, when I read that he was alive and conscious for 2 HOURS after having been shot, I wondered why did he die, then? It didn’t sound like he was that badly wounded. I thought I was just being overly paranoid to think that something must have happened at the hospital. And they can’t find the laptop, can’t find the Camcorders of the THREE DC Policemen?!!!! If this article is TRUE???!!!! WOAH!!!!

  13. If one media report is true, it stated Russia contacted the State Department to inform them the DNC leaker was Seth Rich. Just the right entity which was corrupt and had it’s minions totally loyal to the candidate, HRC.

  14. So if this is true, and if Brad Wheeler is correct that a federal investigator told him he saw the emails to Wkileaks, then we have people covering up a murder. These anonymous sources have to come out publicly, if there is hard evidence like they say they will be heroes, if they remain anonymous they are complicit in this murder as far as I’m concerned.

    • Like the hacking of the DNC computers that have never been looked at by the FBI. Still trying to figure out how you investigate a computer hacking without ever seeing the computer? To top it off its been ten months, election is over and still the FBI hasn’t investigated the computer to even know if there was a “Russian” hacking.

      The FBI or DCP have Seth’s laptop, the evidence is there but no one can see it because its evidence in an unsolved murder case where the evidence is on the computer. How does that work I wonder!

    • “if they remain anonymous they are complicit in this murder as far as I’m concerned.”

      Or get murdered themselves.

      • Not if they go public. You have a much better shot getting killed staying quiet, just ask the DC Madam, oh yeah, can’t.

      • Go public, however that may be, do a press conference, I don’t care just stop covering up to save your job. Karma works both ways!

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