Breathing troubles

Here’s a quick one about the first episode of CBS’ new snoozefest American Gothic. I’d wager a few bucks on this show being cancelled before the first season has run its course – it’s just so dreadfully dull!

At the end of the first episode, the patriarch of the wealthy Hawthorne family is in hospital after suffering a breakdown.

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

As you can see from the tube that leads to his nose, the hospital thought it would be better to give him some additional oxygen to ease his breathing. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t breathe on his own. If that was the case, he’d be connected to a medical ventilator – either via a face mask, mouth tube or a tube connected directly to his windpipe (via tracheostomy).

The poor sap is being visited by his wife who decides to end his life by blocking the oxygen tube.

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

He dies within seconds despite the fact that he doesn’t need the additional oxygen to survive and could very well breathe on his own. It just doesn’t work that way.


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