Nurse Refuses CPR for Dying Patient

911 call reveals operator's desperate plea to save woman's life.
1:53 | 03/03/13

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There are. The emergency in 87 year old woman lived at this California nursing home in distress she had just collapsed in the dining room. The 911 dispatcher tells the -- to get to the woman Lorraine Bayless and stay by your side. Apparently he got back -- immediately -- -- quite opry. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- A nurse comes on the line the dispatcher pleads with her to begin CPR the nurse replies yeah. The dispatcher becoming more frantic asked if there's anyone else who can help. Am I am very -- -- I am on Larry but I cannot help or other thing has been attempted don't know if -- Moments later I think it went -- he helped the lady letter. Paramedics did eventually arrived and took -- to the hospital where she was pronounced dead in a written statement Glenwood gardens said. Our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance. And to -- with the individual needing attention until such personnel -- that is the protocol we follow. In -- Vermont is the only state where it is legally required that you come to the aid of a person in a medical emergency. What happened here was legal there is no duty for someone to assist. Someone having a heart attack or. Respiratory arrest believe it or not we don't have to be -- good some -- Morally we should be. -- -- It was his daughter who reports say is herself a nurse -- quoted saying she had no problem with how her mother was treated by the nursing home staff. After she was stricken but we will never know -- whether CPR may have saved her mother's life -- something no legal question here but certainly an ethical one actually ethical question but legally. Apparently they have a right not to have their personnel helped.

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