We cried enough tears to flood Litchfield prison as we watched Poussey breathe her last breath at the end of Orange is the New Black season 4. Poussey’s death hit us like a ton of bricks and things haven’t been the same since.
There was one thing we noticed through our tear-filled eyes, however. Something that may have gone unnoticed by many because they were too busy crying to clock it.
Why didn’t anybody try to save P? Why did everyone immediately assume she was dead? When you re-watch that tragic scene, you’ll notice that not a single person, not even the guards tried to save her. Nobody checked her pulse, nobody tried CPR and nobody even considered that she may have been unconscious.
As her Wiki page explains, Poussey died from suffocation. Officer Bayley’s knees weighed heavily into her back, restricting her from breathing and possibly causing it to crack under pressure. Though many thought she may have died from a snapped neck, it’s made very clear that Poussey in fact died from asphyxiation.
If that was the case, it’s common knowledge that she would simply have been unconscious once Bayley got off her. It would have taken a few extra minutes for Poussey to actually die.
There was so much chaos in the cafeteria at the time that there was no way anyone could have really noticed that P was already dead. How Taystee immediately assumed she was inconclusively dead is beyond us. From the moment she broke free from the guards, P’s best friend simply kneeled next to her and wailed.
Once Taystee saw Poussey lying motionless on the ground, she instantly presumed she was gone and did absolutely nothing to help her.
Unless the victim was fatally shot or had her head decapitated, wouldn’t it be second nature to try and resuscitate that person? Especially your best friend?!
What’s worse? Let’s take it back to season 3 when Soso overdosed in the library. Remember when Taystee said, “she’s not dead, I’ve seen enough dead bodies to know when someone is dead”? Well, couldn’t she have seen that Poussey most probably wasn’t dead at the time, but simply unconscious?
Bear in mind that with the exception of Bayley, all the guards at the prison were veterans. If for some bizarre reason none of the prisoners knew how to perform CPR, we’re pretty sure the vets would have at least had some basic knowledge. Somebody – anybody in that room would have had the common sense to check a pulse. Simply shrugging your shoulders and declaring Poussey dead without taking action is NOT what normal people do.
We just feel that in the real world, Poussey’s death could have been prevented. Of course, these are all mistakes on the writer’s part. Perhaps it was all intended to amplify the emotional impact of the moment.
Either way, we’re super distraught over Poussey’s death. We’re going to miss her wit, love and goofy smile. Litchfield Prison certainly won’t be the same without her.
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