Once a Doctor, Always One

Its often been said, quite rightly too, that being a doctor is a calling. Just like when one enters priesthood, one’s thoughts and actions become entrenched around the profession, 24 by 7.

So, it wasn’t surprising to read in the Chicago Tribune that a former doctor who is serving time in prison in Waterloo, Iowa on methamphetamine charges has had his sentence reduced after he helped save the life of a fellow inmate.

Officials say 51-year-old Dr Mark Louviere was walking past a soccer game in the yard at the Newton Correctional Facility in August when one of the participants collapsed. Louviere reportedly helped medical staff perform CPR which eventually saved the victim. Corrections officials say acts of heroism, such as saving a life, can reduce an inmate’s prison time.

Officials then awarded Louviere 30 days off his remaining sentence.

Here’s the catch: he will be released 30 days earlier from a 45-year term. It just shows that being a doctor is not necessarily always a really rewarding one.

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One response

  1. I dont quite agree with your statement “It just shows that being a doctor is not necessarily always a really rewarding one.”

    It is rewarding for as long as the doctor keeps and maintains his/her sanity and rationale thinking! Dealing with prohibited drugs or contraband doesn’t amount to being rationale.

    My 5-sen worth!

    Doctor2008 replies (tongue in cheek): Its rewarding,sure…but is it really rewarding?

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