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Family: Woman wanted no help

on March 06, 2013 10:40 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An elderly 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 pass away without life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.

Lorraine Bayless’ family said in a statement to the Associated Press that they do not plan to sue the independent living facility where the woman died last week.

A nurse refused to cooperate with a 911 dispatcher who was pleading for someone to start CPR. Her response has prompted multiple state and local investigations at Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield.

Bayless, 87, did not have a “do not resuscitate” order on file at the home, city fire officials have said.

During the dramatic seven-minute, 16-second exchange, the dispatcher insisted the nurse perform CPR or find someone willing to do it. She declined.

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