Senior dies after nurse refuses to give CPR

Lorraine Bayless, 87, collapsed at Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif. and died after a nurse...

Lorraine Bayless, 87, collapsed at Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif. and died after a nurse nurse at the facility refused to administer CPR. (Glenwood Gardens photo)

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An elderly woman living at a retirement home in Bakersfield, Calif., died after a nurse at the facility refused to administer CPR to save her, according to a clip of the 911 call.

In the seven-minute clip, a 911 dispatcher can be heard pleading with the nurse to save the life of an elderly woman by giving her CPR, but the nurse said it was against the facility's policy.

"Is there anybody there that's willing to help this lady and not let her die?" the dispatcher asked.

"Not at this time," the nurse said.

The incident happened on Tuesday when 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless collapsed at Glenwood Gardens.

The dispatcher can be heard sounding desperate as the moments wore on.

"Anybody there can do CPR. Give them the phone please. I understand if your facility is not willing to do that. Give the phone to that passerby," the dispatcher said. "This woman is not breathing enough. She is going to die if we don't get this started."

After several minutes, an ambulance arrived and took Bayless to Mercy Southwest Hospital, where she died.

Glenwood Gardens has released a statement conforming its policy prohibiting employees from performing CPR.

"In the event of a health emergency at this independent living community, our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives. That is the protocol we followed," the statement said.


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