Authorities are launching a criminal investigation into the death of an 87-year-old woman who was denied CPR at a California independent living home by a woman who identified herself to a 911 dispatcher as a nurse – but the facility now says she isn’t one.
During the call last Tuesday, an unidentified woman called from her cellphone, and asked for paramedics to be sent to help Lorraine Bayless, who collapsed in the dining room of the independent living building in Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield.
Later, a woman who identified herself as the nurse got on the phone and told dispatcher Tracey Halvorson she was not permitted to do CPR on the woman.
But a spokesman for Brookdale Senior Living, which owns the Glenwood Gardens facility where the incident happened, told the Los Angeles Times that the woman was “serving in the capacity of a resident services director, not as a nurse."
Christopher Finn, the spokesman, would not comment on whether or not she was licensed as a nurse.
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