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March 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Nurse in California doesn’t administer CPR

Woman should have been resuscitated

Death shakes people to the core. It makes us question our sense of self and place in the world and is a scaring experience. The most painful type of death for a family are those that are preventable. One such example is the death of Lorraine Bayless, who was denied help when an employee on staff at the senior-citizen housing refused to perform CPR [“ ‘We always start CPR,’ medical official says,” page one, March 5].

It is a natural human response to jump to help another in need, pain or danger. For the employee who declined to perform CPR, and stubbornly refused to hand the 911 call to someone else, jail time seems to be an appropriate consequence. To anyone reading the article, the scenario sounds like a twisted movie. The caretaker, the one person expected to provide and protect, watches as her patient lies on the floor grasping her chest fighting to live. The scene is enough to make anyone cringe and question the humanity of the employee.

Despite the elderly housing not offering a medical staff, it is only natural to assume any employee, or person in general, would do their best to aid or perform a simple CPR in order to save their residents.

–Madeleine Evans, Seattle

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