Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered the fatal dose of Propofol to Michael Jackson through an IV leading to his leg, and this may be a cover-up, according to TMZ.
Dr. Murray claimed that he only administered 2.5ml of Propofol to Jackson before he died, which is a very small amount. But Dr. John Dombrowski, a well known anaesthesiologist and board member of the American Society of Anaesthesiologists, received the LAPD file for detectives and told that 2.5ml couldn’t even put Jackson to sleep, never mind killing him. However, the level of Propofol found in Jackson’s body was equivalent to amount one would have during general anaesthesia for major surgery.
In Jackson’s room, a 20ml bottle of Propofol was found along with numerous empty bottles stored secretly in a compartment of the closet. Among the bottles, an empty 100ml bottle was found with a large tear in the rubber stopper.
The tear found in the rubber stopper could potentially be critical evidence. This is because there are two ways of administering Propofol. First, a syringe is stuck through the rubber stopper and a small amount is withdrawn and then injected into the tubing. The second way is by using a spike, which then creates a tear in the rubber stopper, and the entire bottle of Propofol is connected to the tube.
According to Dr. Dombrowski, if a spike is used to administer the Propofol, and the bottle is directly connected to the IV tube, an infusion pump must be used to regulate the flow of Propofol. If the infusion pump is not used, the patient could easily OD. In Jackson’s home, an infusion pump was no where to be found.
Law enforcement sources and Dr. Dombrowski believe that Dr. Murray may have connected the 100ml bottle of Propofol to the tube. Then, Dr. Murray either tried to regulate the flow of the Propofol by simply eyeballing it or just letting it flow by itself. Dr. Murray told detectives at one point he walked out of Jackson’s room to go to the bathroom. Dr. Dombrowski deems the scenario as “reckless.”
In the event that Dr. Murray did attach the 100ml bottle to the tube and all of the contents emptied into Jackson, 40 times the amount of Propofol would be found in his system. This is would be much more Propofol than the 2.5ml that Dr. Murray claimed he administered.
As for the empty bottle of Propofol found in the hidden compartment of Jackson’s closet, there is no explanation.