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Nurse Refuses To Perform CPR On Dying Senior Citizen

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Carson Carson Daly
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We get that rules are put in place for a reason, but when it comes down to saving a life, we could never stand back and watch someone die.

Over the weekend, Carson was watching the news when a 911 call caught his attention.

A retirement home in Bakersfield, Calif. is being criticized for not performing CPR on an unresponsive 87-year-old woman.

The 911 dispatcher clearly tells the caller, who is also a nurse, to begin the life-saving measure, but she replies, “Yeah, we can’t do CPR at this facility.”

This is likely because Glenwood Gardens Retirement Facility is an independent living facility and not a nursing home.

“Are we just going to let this lady die?” the dispatcher says.

“Well, that’s why we’re calling 911,” the nurse replies.

During the 7-minute call, the dispatcher pleads for the nurse to find a gardener or anyone not on staff to help, but no one was available.

The woman, Lorraine Bayless, later died in the hospital.

Glenwood Gardens is standing behind the controversial decision, saying they are “conducting a thorough review” but that, “…our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives.”

Listen to the dramatic 911 call below:

  • Should the nurse have risked her own job by performing CPR? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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