An elderly woman died after staff at a senior living facility refused to perform CPR on her after she collapsed in a dining room.
On a 9-1-1 tape, a dispatcher pleads desperately with a nurse to encourage her or anyone at the facility to perform CPR on Lorraine Bayless, the 87-year-old resident who was struggling to breathe. Over seven minutes elapse between when the original call was made and paramedics arrive, but the nurse repeatedly refuses to perform CPR or have someone else on site attempt to resuscitate her. Bayless later died at a nearby hospital, according to a local NBC affiliate KGET.
The call is hard to listen to if you’re, like, a human. At one point Bakersfield Fire Dispatcher Tracey Halvorson pleads, “Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?” And the nurse can only muster up an awfully cold, bureaucratic response: “Not at this time.”
Bayless was a resident at Glenwood Gardens, a senior living facility in a relatively well-to-do area of Bakersfield. Although there is a skilled nursing and assisted living facility at the site, Bayless lived in the “independent living” section. KGET described as an “apartment complex for seniors.” There usually aren’t nurses in this area of the facility.
What might be the weirdest twist is that no one in this story—except for the dispatcher, of course—seems at all fazed by what happened to Bayless.
Glenwood’s executive director Jeffrey Toomer confirmed that the nurse was just following orders: “In the event of a health emergency at this independent living community our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives. That is the protocol we followed.”
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Dramatic 9-1-1 Call: Nurse Refuses To Perform CPR On Collapsed Elderly Woman
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|Sara & Gary Harvey|
How long has it been since Gary Harvey fell down those basement stairs? Some days it seems as though it was only yesterday, but it wasn’t. It was January 21, 2006. It has been nearly seven years and little has changed, since the county took over and began their reign of merciless dictatorship.
Oh, Gary & Sara Harvey have gotten seven years older and he is no longer in the nursing home, but a ward connected to St. Joseph Hospital. Only his location has changed, as the desperate and uncalled for battle goes on with the power hungry feeding upon, demeaning, and controlling this husband and wife.
On December 10, 2010, I wrote:
Amazing! I can actually recycle my article as if it was current and remaining accurate. How often does that happen?
Here it is the holiday season of 2010 and Sara Harvey gets a letter from Bryan Maggs, Chemung County Attorney, stating that her visitations with Gary are suspended immediately. Isn’t that the same gift they offered last year? I’m so impressed with the repeat gift and the timing – NOT! (Wife’s Visitation in Jeopardy: The Recycling of Gary Harvey’s Holiday Restrictions)
Would anyone be surprised to learn that Sara didn’t get to visit Gary on Christmas Day 2012?
It isn’t often that one can continue to recycle articles and pretty much be assured that there is going to be some excuse… some mistake… some problem raising it’s ugly little head and taking away anything that could be considered special for Gary and Sara, especially during this special holiday season. It isn’t often, unless the articles happen to involve Gary and Sara Harvey, Chemung County and St. Joseph Hospital.
Anyone see a pattern?
Where has Kevin Moshier been? Silent once again?
Guardianships are like adoptions in that it is the obligation of the guardian to look out for the ward he has been put in charge of. Unlike adoptions, the guardian is supposed to act on behalf of the ward and make decisions as the ward would make for self if capable. And then there is the attorney to insure the rights of the ward. So, where has Kevin Moshier (the appointed attorney) been when Gary Harvey’s wishes have been trampled upon?
As I reported in the past, “Gary Harvey is the brain injured man from New York, who seems to have his own private “death panel” determined to kill him off and to make his and his wife’s life as miserable as possible, ‘until the sentence is carried out. One might think it could get no worse than it has been. One should never think such thoughts, lest one (or more) be shown that – for however bad – things can actually get worse!
Just where was Kevin Moshier, the attorney who should be representing Gary against any wrongs, when the so-called ethic’s committee wanted to put Gary down by starving and dehydrating him to death? Did he stand strong and ask what these people were thinking and why they would even consider such a thing?
When they put the DNR on Gary, did Kevin Moshier demand they lift it?
When Sara Harvey’s visits with her husband were restricted, did Kevin Moshier step up to the plate and say, “I don’t think so. This is not what Gary would want. This is not in Gary’s best interest. Gary has a right to have time with his wife.” Did he? Of course he didn’t.
Sara is a danger to Gary? I didn’t even go to law school and I can see that the case against Sara is trumped up and so full of holes that even a pre-med student could dissect it in a few moments. But Kevin Moshier couldn’t or can’t?
Even more amazing is the fact that it was the guardian & pals that tried to kill off Gary, with Moshier quietly hanging out, though it was Sara who was, and has been, labeled the danger. (I have trouble getting my reality oriented thoughts around that one.)
What about the press conference where information was given about Gary Harvey’s case that should not have been given? Information that I believe was to turn people on Gary. Did Kevin Moshier do anything about that? Did he file on those responsible? ~ (August 5, 2011) The Silence of Kevin Moshier
Gary’s life is in the hands of these county vultures. Yes, the very group of people who attempted to have their ward starved and dehydrated to death, claiming he was terminally ill. Oh, but it is Sara that they treat and report as the threat? The irony is beyond belief. However, these people have not fooled everyone, nor have they covered their tracks as well as perhaps they think. The day will come when they answer to the one they can hide nothing from. It will be a day their cold hearts shall be placed in judgment and every cruel thought and action shall be reviewed.
Gary Harvey does not need to be under the guardianship of the County. He is their ward due to half-truths, non-truths, attorneys backing out at the last minute, attorneys not doing the job but taking the money and things such as that. They think we don’t know all this, but many of us do.
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The Dictators of Non-Compassion: Gary Harvey Case and the Unexpected Twist
Attorney Christopher Johnson has filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, asking the court to allow Mr. Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo to serve as Guardian for Mr. Gary Harvey.
In 2006, Mr. Harvey, a Chemung County resident, was involved in a home accident, which left him with a profound brain injury. His spouse, Mrs. Sara Harvey, sought guardianship only to be denied by the Chemung County Supreme Court who ultimately appointed the Chemung County Department of Social Services as Mr. Harvey’s guardian. Since that time, Mrs. Harvey has been in a prolonged court battle with Chemung County officials and the New York State Court System.
Indeed, it was in May of 2009 when the ethics committee from the hospital where Mr. Harvey was residing recommended the removal of his nutrition and hydration tube, and also issued a “do-not-resuscitate order” (DNR).
Fortunately, the court denied that request. However, inexplicably, the DNR stayed in place and Mr. Harvey remains under the control of Chemung County, despite the fact that the county tried to end his life.
“I have raised the question many times, ‘How can Chemung County, Guardian of Mr. Harvey, be acting in his best interest when they, in fact, tried to kill him?’ From all indications, it appears that Mr. Harvey has been warehoused and denied the opportunity to receive the care and rehabilitative services that would benefit his condition,” stated Bobby Schindler.
It is the hope that with this filing, the court will recognize that Mr. Harvey deserves the chance to receive aggressive therapy and rehabilitation. Certainly from Mr. Schindler’s experience with brain injured persons, he would afford Mr. Harvey the help he needs in the hopes to significantly improve his quality of life.
A son suspecting that a local nursing home had covered up his mom’s death has now filed a lawsuit against the nursing home. The court documents state that the nursing home had failed to inform the son that his mother had choked to death while she was being fed by a licensed vocational nurse.
The nurse had told the emergency care responders that the elderly woman had chocked on rice when it was in fact a large chunk of meat. The elderly woman had a “do not resuscitate” order that prompted the lifesaving efforts to cease. The son states that the events were not correctly documented and that the nursing home’s failure to save his mother contradicted the efforts of EMS. “Do not resuscitate” only applies to situations in which the elderly woman was placed in a suffering state or an incurable and irreversible condition cause by an injury or a disease. The son of the elderly woman feels that the nursing home was the cause of the injury and that they withheld life-sustaining efforts in order to cover up their mistake. A jury trial has been requested.
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Nursing Home Fails to Save Elderly Woman