- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

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.

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.


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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.