Two nurses in the US have lost their licenses after television station WXIA-TV persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who passed away in their care.
The video shows the World War II veteran repeatedly calling for help, saying he 'can't breathe.'
The footage also depicts the nurses failing to take lifesaving measures and laughing as they try to start an oxygen machine.
The family of 89-year-old James Dempsey of Woodstock, Georgia, sued the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Centre in 2014.
Dempsey’s family declined to comment, citing a settlement with the nursing home, the TV station said.
But WXIA-TV said the nurses didn’t surrender their licenses until this September, after it sent The Georgia Board of Nursing a link to the video the nursing home fought three years to keep secret.
The nurses included a nursing supervisor who told attorneys that, when she learned Dempsey had stopped breathing, she rushed to his room and took over CPR, keeping it up until paramedics arrived. The video shows that nobody was doing CPR when she arrived, and she did not start immediately.
Speaking to the station, Tim Dempsey said he had assumed his father’s suspicions were over-the-top.
'We would have just thought it was natural causes and everything was done that should have been done and he passed away in his sleep,' he said.
This article originally appeared on New Idea.