89-Year-Old WW II Veteran Cries “Help I Can’t Breathe”: Nurses Laugh & Watch Him Die
Incredible video has been released that shows Atlanta nurses laughing at a World War II veteran as he struggles to breathe and finally dies.
The video of one of the nurse’s deposition, along with changing her story after she was shown hidden camera video of what actually took place in the veteran’s room is shown courtesy of 11Alive.com.
The incident occurred at the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation in 2014.
In the video deposition, former nursing supervisor Wanda Nuckles tells Mike Prieto, the attorney for the family of 89-year-old James Dempsey, who was a decorated World War II veteran from Woodstock, Georgia, how she rushed in to Dempsey’s room when she was alerted that he had stopped breathing.
Prieto: “From the time you came in, you took over doing chest compressions…correct?”
Nuckles : “Yes.”
Prieto: “Until the time paramedics arrive, you were giving CPR continuously?”
Nuckles : “Yes.”
However, the undercover video shows no one doing CPR and that Nuckles did not immediately start performing CPR on Mr. Dempsey.
“Sir, that was an honest mistake,” said Nuckles in the deposition. “I was just basing everything on what I normally do.”
The nursing home that Dempsey was living in attempted to stop 11Alive from obtaining the video footage.
They asked a DeKalb County judge to keep the video sealed and then attempted to appeal to the Georgia State Supreme Court. The judge ruled in favor of 11Alive and the nursing home eventually dropped its appeal to the state’s highest court.
The video includes almost six hours of video court deposition from a nursing supervisor explaining how she responded to the patient before she knew the hidden camera video existed. The video shows a completely different response.
The video shows the veteran calling for help six times before he goes unconscious while gasping for air. State records show nursing home staff found Dempsey unresponsive at 5:28 am. It took almost an hour for the staff to call 911 at 6:25a.m.
When a different nurse does respond, she fails to check any of his vital signs. Nuckles says she would have reprimanded the nurse for the way she responded to Dempsey. She called the video “sick.”
When nurses had difficulty getting Dempsey’s oxygen machine operational during, you can hear Nuckles and others laughing.
Seriously, this is a despicable way to treat a veteran, or any other human being for that matter.
Perhaps, in all of our modern technology, industrial society, and the growth of government and the strain on the family to make ends meet, we’ve lost sight of what is most important, taking care of one another.
My own grandfather and one of my grandmothers had to be put into a nursing home after they required 24-hour supervision. While my grandmother was looked after, my grandfather was often neglected, sustaining many injuries while in their “care.”
Frankly, I think he would have been better off at home with his children looking after him than at that place.
James Dempsey deserved far better treatment than he was given at the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation.