Family: CA woman denied CPR wanted no intervention

Family: CA woman denied CPR wanted no intervention

Credit: AP Photo

Shown is the main gate of Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif., Monday March 4, 2013, where an elderly woman died after a nurse refused to perform CPR on her last week. The central California retirement home is defending one of its nurses who refused pleas by a 911 operator to perform CPR on an elderly woman, who later died. "Is there anybody that's willing to help this lady and not let her die," dispatcher Tracey Halvorson says on a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department aired by several media outlets. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The family of a California woman who died after a nurse at her independent living home refused to provide CPR says she chose to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to pass away without life-prolonging intervention.

The family of Lorraine Bayless told the Associated Press they do not plan to sue the facility where the 87-year-old woman died last week.

The family says they understand the widely played 911 tape in which a dispatcher pleads with a nurse to start CPR "has caused concern" nationwide.

The statement says the family regrets that "this private and personal time has been escalated by the media."

Bayless’ death has prompted multiple state and local investigations.

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