Nursing home staff refuses to perform CPR on dying woman

'Against policy to perform CPR'

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An elderly woman who was reportedly refused CPR by staff at a Bakersfield nursing home died at a local hospital last week and the story is gaining international attention.

On Feb. 26, at about 11 a.m., an 87-year-old resident at Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, collapsed in a dining room.

According to reports, a staff member called 911 and 911 staff tried to get the caller to do CPR on the woman.

In the 911 call, the caller then refused to perform CPR. 

After several minutes, an ambulance arrived and the woman was taken to Mercy Southwest where she was later pronounced dead.

Glenwood Gardens, the home where the woman lived, released a statement claiming it's against policy to perform CPR on anyone.

Here's the home's statement:


First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to this individual’s family on the passing of their loved one.  We also appreciate the assistance of emergency personnel who arrived immediately to assist in rendering first aid.  In the event of a health emergency at this independent living community our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives. That is the protocol we followed.  As with any incident involving a resident, we will conduct a thorough internal review of this matter, but we have no further comments at this time.

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