ATLANTA (AP) – Several nurses lost their licenses after a television station persuaded the courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care.
The video shows the World War II veteran repeatedly calling for help, saying he can’t breathe. Then it shows the nurses laughing as they try to start an oxygen machine and fail to take life-saving measures.
The family of 89-year-old James Dempsey of Woodstock, Georgia, sued the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center in 2014. A statement from the center says care has improved since then.
But WXIA-TV/11Alive says the nurses didn’t surrender their licenses until this September, after it sent The Georgia Board of Nursing a link to the video the nursing home fought three years to keep secret.