CAME FOR Carnival: Dr Conrad Murray, left, friends Shakti, Karla and Pravin Kaloo, his fiancee Nicole Alvarez and son Che at TGI Fridays in Port of Spain last Tuesday.
Murray plans to ‘right the wrong’
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Dr Conrad Murray, the man who served time for killing the king of pop Michael Jackson, said the events left his life shattered, but he plans to rebuild his life by fighting for his medical licence and giving back to humanity.
Jackson died from an overdose of an intravenous sedative and Murray was charged with giving the lethal injection of the anaesthetic -propofol - that caused Jackson’s heart to stop.
In 2011, a Los Angeles jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
After serving half of a four-year sentence, he was released from jail last year October.
Murray has maintained his innocence and believes that he was the fall guy for Jackson’s death.
On March 1, he returned to Trinidad for the first time since his incarceration with his fiancee Nicole Alvarez, daughter Chanel and son Che, where they participated in Carnival celebrations.
In an exclusive interview with the Express, before he returned to the United States last Wednesday, Murray opened up and shared his pain and plans for the future.
“I would implacably, even using my last breath pursue correction of this wrong, the wrong must be corrected, not only for me, but I would not like to see this happen again in the future to anyone of us although we know that bad things happen to good people every day,” said Murray.
He was having dinner with his family at a restaurant in Port of Spain with his mother and close friends Karla Kalloo and Pravin Kalloo.
Murray’s medical licence was revoked following his conviction.
He said he will fight to the highest legal point to reclaim his licence and integrity.
During his visit to Trinidad, Murray met with Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan, where he offered to use his connections in the United States medical fraternity to assist children in need of heart care abroad.
Khan had said there were a number of children in need ofheart surgery and Murray’s assistance can go a long way in getting them treated.
Murray said he has already started on working on a programme proposal for the Minister which should be completed in four to six weeks.
Asked if he still commanded the respect he once had prior to his conviction among his foreign peers and whether they would work in assisting the children of this country through him, Murray said “Help is help. Giving is the same, you don’t give reluctantly and I have great connections in the United States and if I find that there is a need and I go to one who is benevolent and say there is a need to help, especially children who are in need of help I think anyone with compassion and concern for humanity would want to help.”
“I think anyone in medicine would truly understand that what has happened to me was an opportunity to those who were trying to further their careers and whatever personal factors that may be in their personal interests but I have been supported by many doctors who do not agree that my case should ever have been considered criminal,” Murray added.
Murray said he became a doctor to help people and this remain unchanged.
He stressed that as he fights to reclaim his licence he can still assist through other avenues.
He said his programme, which is at no cost to the Government or the people of this country, will be cost-effective and very efficient in terms of getting the children the health care they need.
Murray said he has already been in touch with a number of hospitals with which he was associated.
“I’m putting in place a programme that will have no end because it is all intended to help the public, it’s non-political,” he said.
Murray was visibly emotional when he spoke of his love for Trinidad and the warmth he received from the people during his stay for Carnival.
“I would like to thank the people of Trinidad and Tobago for their kind hospitality. It’s been warm, it’s been embracing and not unlike what I have received in the United States. I encountered the monumental impact in the US that in many ways have shattered my life but I will restore the pieces. I have so many people in the US and in beyond that have been in support of me,” said Murray. He said the prayers, good wishes and above all the encouragement from people have strengthened his resolve and purpose to make a difference and help others.
“I just want the people of Trinidad and Tobago to know that their son of the soil appreciates them, love them endlessly and will always be there in any way I can help,” said Murray.
“I would like to right this wrong so that my adversity can only serve humanity thereafter. I would also like to thank the Kalloo family for their warm hospitality and Brian Lara. I wish him well, he is a very gracious man,” said Murray.