911 tapes: Table of doctors did nothing while VA patient died

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Newly released 911 tapes indicate a table of doctors did nothing as a Vietnam veteran died in the Albuquerque Veterans Affairs Hospital cafeteria.

The Albuquerque Journal Friday reports two calls came in after veteran Jim Napolitano Garcia collapsed on June 30 in a building 500 yards from the emergency room.


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During the second call, a woman told the dispatcher the man was being hooked up to an emergency defibrillator. Told that paramedics were on their way, the caller responded, that there was a table of doctors sitting right next to him, and none of them were doing anything to help.

The hospital says its response to the man’s death remains under investigation.

On Thursday, New Mexico’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the acting VA director saying they have serious concerns about the handling of a patient’s death.

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