A hidden camera video has emerged of at least two former nursing home staffers in Atlanta laughing while a World War II veteran dies in front of them, according to 11Alive.
11Alive last Saturday reported that the deceased patient was James Dempsey, 89, a decorated veteran of the conflict from Woodstock, Georgia.
The incident happened at Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation in 2014, but the footage was recently released as part of a lawsuit by Dempsey’s family.
The clip shows Dempsey calling for aid six times before he goes unconscious while gasping for air.
The footage also captures several nurses laughing after having difficulty making Dempsey’s oxygen machine functional during the incident.
The video additionally depicts no one doing CPR when the then-nursing supervisor enters Dempsey’s room, and at least one incoming nurse failing to check any of his vital signs.
Footage of the incident is available below, but viewers should be warned the some of the footage is disturbing:
Georgia state records state that nursing home staff found Dempsey unresponsive at 5:28 local time on February 27, 2014.
The records additionally note that it took approximately an hour for the staff to call 911 at 6:25 a.m. local time.
The nursing facility caring for Dempsey became aware of the video in November 25, but according to Georgia state inspection reports, it did not fire the nurses until 10 months later.
Former nursing supervisor Wanda Nuckles and another nurse seen in the footage surrendered their licenses last September, according to the Georgia Board of Nursing.
Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation is owned by Sava Senior Care, which declined interview requests from 11Alive about the matter.
“[Sava Senior Care is] saddened by the events, which occurred more than three years ago,” a company spokesperson said in a statement Sunday.
“[The facility] has new leadership and the leadership team and the staff have worked very diligently to improve quality care and the quality of life for our residents,” the statement added.
“The facility recently was deficiency-free during our recent annual inspection conducted by the Georgia Department of Health on May 25, 2017.”
The facility remains open today, and it still has a one-star rating from Medicare, which is the lowest-possible score assigned by the agency.