CA woman denied CPR wanted no intervention

In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 photo, Mary Tappe holds up the defibrillator that she keeps in the trunk of her automobile during a work break at the Western Union headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 photo, Mary Tappe holds up the defibrillator that she keeps in the trunk of her automobile during a work break at the Western Union headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The family of a California woman who died after a nurse at her independent living home refused to provide CPR says she chose to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to pass away without life-prolonging intervention.

The family of Lorraine Bayless told the Associated Press they do not plan to sue the facility where the 87-year-old woman died last week.

The family says they understand the widely played 911 tape in which a dispatcher pleads with a nurse to start CPR "has caused concern" nationwide.

The statement says the family regrets that "this private and personal time has been escalated by the media."

Bayless' death has prompted multiple state and local investigations.


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