The 87-year-old woman who died last week after a staff member at a Bakersfield senior living facility refused to perform CPR did not want life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.
In a statement to the Associated Press, the family of Lorraine Bayless said they do not plan to sue the facility, Glenwood Gardens.
A staff member who identified herself as a nurse refused to give Bayless CPR as directed by a Bakersfield fire dispatcher, saying it was against the facility's policy for staff to do so, according to a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department. Bayless died Feb. 26.
Family members said they regret that "this private and personal time has been escalated by the media," according to the Associated Press. The 911 tape, in which a Bakersfield fire dispatcher pleads with the staff member to begin CPR, has garnered widespread attention.