In November, a video was released to the public that showed 89 year old WWII Veteran James ‘Jack’ Dempsey’s cries for help go ignored by 3 members of Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation nursing staff. The video shows Jack Dempsey paging a nurse at 4:34 a.m. on February 27, 2014 while struggling to breathe and gasping ‘help me’ multiple times. A nurse finally responds after 8 minutes, ignoring his labored breathing and casually checking tubes and turning off his nurse call light before exiting the room. After that, the video shows the nurse supervisor and a CNA coming to check on him and laughing while attempting to start oxygen. He appears to be lifeless and the nurses show no sense of urgency typically associated with a code situation. Mr. Jack Dempsey, a man who managed to survive war and live to the age of 89, died that night, alone and afraid in an Atlanta nursing home. The camera was placed in his room by his son, who said that his father was scared of living in a nursing home, and the camera was an attempt to alleviate his fears.
This week, two nurses and one CNA were indicted by an Atlanta grand jury on an array of charges, including murder. All 3 were charged with concealing a death. Loyce Picquet Agyeman, a licensed nurse, has been charged with murder, neglect to an elder person and concealing a death. Wanda Nuckles, a licensed nurse and nurse supervisor, has bee charged with depriving an elder person of essential services and concealing a death. CNA Mable Turman has been charged with neglect to an elder person and concealing a death.
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