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The 87-year-old woman died. Reports identify her at Lorraine Bayless and confirm she did not have a do-not-resuscitate order. Her daughter told 17News she is satisfied with Glenwood’s handling of the situation.
Bayless was a resident at Glenwood Gardens’ independent living facility, an area adjacent to, but separate from, Glenwood’s skilled nursing facility and assisted living facility.
She collapsed in the facility’s dining room at about 11:07 a.m. Tuesday.
Someone called 9-1-1, and Bakersfield Fire Dispatcher Tracey Halvorson got the call. Glenwood Gardens personnel handed the phone to a nurse who identified herself as Colleen.
During a 7-minute, 16-second call, Halvorson reasoned, cajoled and at times begged the nurse to start CPR in an attempt to save the woman.
The nurse said Glenwood Gardens policy prohibited her attempting CPR. The dispatcher assured the nurse Glenwood couldn’t be sued if anything went wrong with CPR. The lcoal emegency medical system “Takes the liability for this call,” the dispatcher said.
“I understand if your boss is telling you you can’t do it,” the dispatcher said. “But … as a human being … you know … is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?”
“Not at this time,” the nurse answered.
Later: “Is there a gardener? Any staff … anyone who doesn’t work for you? Anywhere? Can we flag someone down in the street and get them to help this lady? Can we flag a stranger down? I bet a stranger would help her.”
But no one did, until the fire department arrived. Bayless died at Mercy Southwest Hospital.