Family: Woman wanted no help
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.