Statement from family of elderly woman denied CPR

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Updated: 3/05/2013 8:40 pm

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Here is the statement from the family of 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless, who died last week of a heart attack after being denied CPR at a Bakersfield elder home:

Our mother and grandmother was a remarkable and intelligent woman who was blessed to have a great life of 87 years. It is the wish of our family to honor and celebrate her life at this personal time. Like so many Seniors, it was our mother's wish to live independently. She was fully-aware that Glenwood Gardens did not offer trained medical staff. Even so, she personally-selected the senior living community, and our family has come to know the staff and been very pleased with Glenwood Gardens as her home. It was our beloved mother and grandmother's wish to die naturally and without any kind of life-prolonging intervention. Our family respects the right of all people to make their own life choices in such cases.

We regret that this private and most personal time has been escalated by the media. Caregivers, nurses and other medical professionals have very difficult waters to tread in the legal and medical landscape of our country today. We understand that the 911 tape of this event has caused concern, but our family knows that mom had full knowledge of the limitations of Glenwood Gardens, and is at peace. We also have no desire, nor is it the nature of our family, to seek legal recourse or try to profit from what is a lesson we can all learn from.

We wish to focus on our family at this time, and this will be our final comment on this personal matter.

— The Bayless Family


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LASD1096 - 3/6/2013 7:54 PM
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Those calls are not released by the dispatchers. They are public however so if the news heard this over their scanners, they can request the tapes. If there is no story here, then why did the facility call 911? why did anyone call? If the caller was a visitor, how horrible for them to see that this facility would not provided even the slightest assistance. How sad. The family is at peace with this, wonder how the residents who observed it feel? Might create a mass exodus.

nubgnngs42 - 3/6/2013 2:09 AM
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In other words media, keep your nose out of people's business. Quit trying to make a story when one isn't there. The 911 operator had no business letting this call go public. Only reason I can think of is to get the spot light for themself.

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