Horrific footage from 2014 was released this week showing how staff at a nursing home in ignored the dying pleas of a decorated WWII veteran.
The undercover video and depositions, which the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation attempted to keep sealed, show how staff at the facility lied about their treatment of 89-year-old James Dempsey in the last moments of his life:
Video released of staff laughing at WWII veteran as he dies, screams in pain https://t.co/N3WiGAvLCI
— Notorious Augusto P (@GenAugustoP) November 15, 2017
From NBC 11 in Atlanta:
An 11Alive investigation uncovered hidden camera video catching nursing home staff laughing while an elderly patient dies in front of them. The incident happened at the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation in 2014, but the video was recently released as part of a lawsuit filed by the family.
Attorneys representing the Atlanta nursing home tried to prevent 11Alive from obtaining the video. 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.
Staff can be seen laughing in the video when they couldn’t get Mr. Dempsey’s oxygen machine working:
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.
How freaking awful:
There are no words to describe this lack of humanity. None. https://t.co/tR1vrCV483
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Here’s the video:
“Out them all”? We agree:
Holy shit. Out them all. https://t.co/lOVVtMWro0
— Mad William Flint (@madwilliamflint) November 15, 2017
According to NBC 11, the nurses were fired 10 months (!!!) after learning of the video:
The nursing facility was made aware of the video in November 2015, but according to state inspection reports, the nursing home did not fire the nurses until 10 months later.
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