Back in November, video surfaced of two nurses and an aide neglecting a World War II veteran in their care. As the man was dying, the women stood by, ignoring his cries for help. The video even shows them laughing at the man as he’s dying. Now, those three have been charged with murder.
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James Dempsey, an 89-year-old WWII veteran, repeatedly called out for help as he gasped for air before he lost consciousness. Instead of providing proper care, Wanda Nuckles, a former nursing supervisor, failed to immediately perform CPR and a second nurse ignored Dempsey’s vital signs.
“Nurse Loyce Pickquet Agyeman was charged with felony murder and neglect to an elder person, nurse Wanda Nuckles was charged with depriving an elder person of essential services, and nursing assistant Mable Turman was charged with neglect to an elder person,” The Daily Mail writes.
The two nurses struggled to get the vet’s oxygen machine operational and, when they couldn’t, they can be heard laughing.
The footage was made available base on an NBC 11Alive investigation. While the events took place in 2014 at Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation, video was released as part of a lawsuit, which was filed by the family of Dempsey.
Attorneys initially tried to block the release of the footage, but a judge sided with 11Alive and the nursing home eventually dropped its appeal to the Georgia State Supreme Court.
Nuckles gave nearly six hours of court deposition explaining what had occurred. Yet this was before she was aware that the hidden camera footage existed. Then, the video shows her response after she is made aware of the video.
Nuckles initially claimed she rushed in an immediately began performing CPR. However, the video shows that she didn’t perform CPR as she claimed.
In total, Dempsey had requested help six times before losing consciousness.
While CPR was eventually performed on Dempsey, the staff repeatedly start and stop, an act that Elaine Harris, a retired nursing professor, states “is absolutely inappropriate,” saying, “You never stop compressions” until a doctor determines not to resuscitate the patient.
According to state records, he was found unresponsive by nursing home staff at 5:28 am, but 911 wasn’t contacted until 6:25 am.
According to the report, it took 10 months, after being given access to the footage, before the nurses featured in the video were fired by the nursing home.
The facility itself is only listed as one-star on Medicare, but still operates in Atlanta.