Woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

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A central California retirement home is defending one of its nurses who refused to perform CPR on an elderly woman who later died despite requests by a 911 operator.

“Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die,” dispatcher Tracey Halvorson says on a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department aired by several media outlets on Sunday.

“Not at this time,” said the nurse, who didn’t give her full name and said facility policy prevented her from giving the woman medical help.

At the beginning of the Tuesday morning call, the nurse asked for paramedics to come and help the woman who had collapsed in the home’s dining room and was barely breathing.

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