Health & Family

On Tuesday morning, 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless collapsed in the dining room of Glenwood Gardens’ independent living facility. When the nurses called 911, dispatcher Tracey Halvorson attempted to instruct them on giving Bayless CPR. The nurses, however, refused, despite pleading from Halvorson. Bayless would later die.

Halvorson pleads, “I don’t understand why you’re not willing to help this patient. Is there anybody that works there that’s willing to do it?”

“We can’t do that,” the nurse responds. “That’s what I’m trying to say.”

Halvorson tells the staff she understands that they cannot perform CPR, and asks if anyone else can, she would talk them through it. “Can we flag someone down in the street and get them to help this lady?” Halvorson says. “Can we flag a stranger down? I bet a stranger would help her.”

Even when the dispatcher tells the staff that the woman is not breathing enough and will die…

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