Family: Woman denied CPR wanted no intervention
The family of the woman who was denied CPR said it does not plan to sue the independent-living facility where the 87-year-old woman died last week.
The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A woman who died after a nurse at her elder home refused to provide CPR had chosen to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to die without life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.
Lorraine Bayless’ family said in a statement to The Associated Press that it does not plan to sue the independent-living facility where the 87-year-old woman died last week.
A 911 tape recounts a dramatic conversation between a dispatcher and a nurse who refused to cooperate with pleas for someone to start CPR as firefighters sped to the scene. The nurse’s decision has prompted multiple state and local investigations at Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield.
During the dramatic seven-minute, 16-second exchange, the dispatcher insisted the nurse perform CPR or find someone willing to do it.
Bayless did not have a “do not resuscitate” order on file at the home, city fire officials have said. Her family said, however, “it was our beloved mother and grandmother’s wish to die naturally and without any kind of life-prolonging intervention.”
Glenwood Gardens is an independent-living facility, and company officials say no medical-staff members are employed there. The woman who identified herself as a nurse to the dispatcher was employed at the facility as a resident-services director, the company said.
“We understand that the 911 tape of this event has caused concern, but our family knows that mom had full knowledge of the limitations of Glenwood Gardens and is at peace,” the family’s statement said.
The California attorney general was “aware” of the incident, said a spokeswoman, Lynda Gledhill. Bakersfield police were trying to determine whether a crime was committed when the nurse refused to assist the 911 dispatcher looking for someone to start CPR.