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Nurses Seen Laughing Instead Of Helping 89-Year-Old Live

James Dempsey was 89 when he called for help and hit the call light in Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center in back in  February of 2014. Video footage shows that it took seven minutes for a nurse to come in, and even when they arrived, they simply adjusted his bed, turned off the light, and promptly left.

An hour-and-a-half later, three nurses come in…they are caught on video laughing as the oxygen machine fails to start, which results in the man dying. One nurse testified in court that she did CPR until medics arrived, but the video shows she did not perform CPR at all, but six chest compressions before stopping altogether.

Dempsey’s family was initially under the impression that he had died of natural causes, but they had promised Dempsey there would be a hidden camera installed when he first moved in there, because he feared mistreatment–that proved to be important since this video footage sparked a three-year legal battle.

Even after watching the video in court, the nurses retained their licenses until 11Alive told the Georgia Board of Nursing about the video in September of this year.