A video has been circulating the internet showing an elderly man during the last moments of his life in a nursing home (Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation) near Atlanta. The incident happened in 2014, but the video has been released and since gained a certain notoriety. The nurses, on top of their casual disregard for the man’s labored gasps for air and desperate reaches with his hands, laughed among themselves as he died.
The disturbing video begins with WWII veteran James Dempsey crying out for help, and as the deposition points out: there is no sense of urgency to come to the man’s aid. Gross negligence is obvious throughout, starting with unanswered cries for help. Then comes the laughing.
As much of our user-base consists of veterans, many of us know that difficult jobs can often bring up a dark sense of humor. However, there is a time and place for everything, and laughing as a man struggles to breathe and fights for his life is not the time, nor is it the place. Attempting to save his life would have been a more traditional and effective method of healthcare.
In the deposition, former nurse Wanda Nuckles is asked what is so funny. “I have no clue,” she said, “I can’t even remember all that–as you can see.” She is one of the nurses in the video.