Regarding Henry

Folks, we've been here
for a long time now,

listening to people talk
for months.

Complicated medical testimony.
A lot of emotion in this case.
There is not a person
in this room who isn't sorry

about what happened
to Mr. Matthews.

It's a tragedy.
And when something
like this happens,

you desperately want
to blame someone, don't you?

Someone else.
We understand that.
It's natural.

But what have we got here?
What's the bottom line?

It's Mr. Matthews' word
against the East Shore Hospital,
isn't it?

That's exactly what it is.
Now, obviously,
any decent human being

would want to believe
Mr. Matthews...

believe that he told the
admitting nurse, Mrs. Valdez

that he was diabetic.
It would seem... poetic
that someone else was to blame.

It would feel right.
But it wouldn't be fair.
Let's-let's think for a second.
Who's being blamed here?
It's not some, some big bad
hospital corporation.

We're talking
about human beings.

Four doctors, five nurses,
the hospital chief of staff
present at the time.

All of them there
for no other purpose

than to try and save
Jonathan Matthews' life.

Now, this is painful,
and I don't like doing this,

but if we're all going to do
our jobs,

I've got to bring this up again.
Mr. Matthews is an alcoholic.
In July of 1979,
he tried to commit suicide.

And, you know, even I was
surprised to learn

from the plaintiff's
own doctors, ironically,