An 89-year-old World War II veteran in a nursing home bed called for help, saying he couldn’t breathe.
A hidden camera recorded nurses failing to take life-saving measures for the patient and laughing as he struggled to breathe, and eventually died. The man’s family had secretly recorded a video, which was kept from the public for 3 years until a television station, WXIA-TV, persuaded courts to unseal it.
The family of James Dempsey of Woodstock, Georgia, sued the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center in 2014. Two nurses lost their licenses after the video was made public in September, with a link sent to the Georgia Board of Nursing. The nurses did not start CPR immediately and did not follow emergency procedures; then they laughed while trying to start his oxygen machine.
The nursing home issued a statement claiming that care has improved since the incident, under different leadership. But records show continued problems at the home, including $813,000 in Medicare fines since 2015.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/lU6NlK3OQDc
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