His Wife Died Outside An ER From An Asthma Attack. He’s Taking Action To Help. | NBC Nightly News
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TAKING ACTION TO MAKE SURE IT NEVER HAPPENS TO ANYONE ELSE. SURE IT NEVER HAPPENS TO ANYONE ELSE. WITH MORE, HERE IS TO ANYONE ELSE. WITH MORE, HERE IS KATE SNOW. WITH MORE, HERE IS KATE SNOW.>>Reporter: WALKING KATE SNOW.>>Reporter: WALKING INTO THE MASSACHUSETTS>>Reporter: WALKING INTO THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, PETER INTO THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, PETER DeMARCO WAS ANXIOUS. STATE HOUSE, PETER DeMARCO WAS ANXIOUS.>>THIS IS A BIG DAY. DeMARCO WAS ANXIOUS.>>THIS IS A BIG DAY. YOU WILL NEVER GET A>>THIS IS A BIG DAY. YOU WILL NEVER GET A CHANCE TO MEET LAURA. YOU WILL NEVER GET A CHANCE TO MEET LAURA.>>Reporter: HE’S CHANCE TO MEET LAURA.>>Reporter: HE’S TRYING TO CONVINCE>>Reporter: HE’S TRYING TO CONVINCE LAWMAKERS TO PASS TRYING TO CONVINCE LAWMAKERS TO PASS LAURA’S LAW WHO DIED. LAWMAKERS TO PASS LAURA’S LAW WHO DIED.>>FOR LACK OF LAURA’S LAW WHO DIED.>>FOR LACK OF STANDARDS>>FOR LACK OF STANDARDS STANDARDS, TO HAVE THE STANDARDS STANDARDS, TO HAVE THE SAFEST PLANS POSSIBLE STANDARDS, TO HAVE THE SAFEST PLANS POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO GET IN. SAFEST PLANS POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO GET IN.>>Reporter: A WRITER FOR PEOPLE TO GET IN.>>Reporter: A WRITER FOR THE “BOSTON GLOBE”>>Reporter: A WRITER FOR THE “BOSTON GLOBE” DeMARCO HELPED WRITE FOR THE “BOSTON GLOBE” DeMARCO HELPED WRITE THE BILL LIKE LAST DeMARCO HELPED WRITE THE BILL LIKE LAST YEAR HE WROTE A THE BILL LIKE LAST YEAR HE WROTE A MAGAZINE COVER STORY YEAR HE WROTE A MAGAZINE COVER STORY ABOUT LOSING HIS WIFE. MAGAZINE COVER STORY ABOUT LOSING HIS WIFE.>>LAURA SHOULD NEVER ABOUT LOSING HIS WIFE.>>LAURA SHOULD NEVER HAVE DIED, SHOULD>>LAURA SHOULD NEVER HAVE DIED, SHOULD NEVER HAVE DIED THAT HAVE DIED, SHOULD NEVER HAVE DIED THAT DAY. NEVER HAVE DIED THAT DAY.>>Reporter: DAY.>>Reporter: 34-YEAR-OLD LAURA WAS>>Reporter: 34-YEAR-OLD LAURA WAS HAVING AN ASTHMA 34-YEAR-OLD LAURA WAS HAVING AN ASTHMA ATTACK WHEN SHE WALKED HAVING AN ASTHMA ATTACK WHEN SHE WALKED TO THIS SUMMERVILLE ATTACK WHEN SHE WALKED TO THIS SUMMERVILLE HOSPITAL HOURS BEFORE TO THIS SUMMERVILLE HOSPITAL HOURS BEFORE DAWN AND SAW TWO HOSPITAL HOURS BEFORE DAWN AND SAW TWO DOORS. DAWN AND SAW TWO DOORS.>>THERE WAS NO DOORS.>>THERE WAS NO EMERGENCY ROOM SIGN>>THERE WAS NO EMERGENCY ROOM SIGN ABOVE EITHER DOORWAY. EMERGENCY ROOM SIGN ABOVE EITHER DOORWAY.>>Reporter: NEITHER ABOVE EITHER DOORWAY.>>Reporter: NEITHER SAY EMERGENCY.>>Reporter: NEITHER SAY EMERGENCY.>>NO, NO. SAY EMERGENCY.>>NO, NO.>>Reporter: THE DOOR>>NO, NO.>>Reporter: THE DOOR SHE CHOSE WAS LOCKED.>>Reporter: THE DOOR SHE CHOSE WAS LOCKED. SHE PANICKED AND SHE CHOSE WAS LOCKED. SHE PANICKED AND CALLED 911. SHE PANICKED AND CALLED 911.>>WHAT’S THE CALLED 911.>>WHAT’S THE EMERGENCY?>>WHAT’S THE EMERGENCY?>>I’M HAVING AN EMERGENCY?>>I’M HAVING AN ASTHMA ATTACK.>>I’M HAVING AN ASTHMA ATTACK. I’M DYING. ASTHMA ATTACK. I’M DYING.>>Reporter: OUR I’M DYING.>>Reporter: OUR ENTIRE EMERGENCY>>Reporter: OUR ENTIRE EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM FAILED ENTIRE EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM FAILED HER. RESPONSE SYSTEM FAILED HER. HER 911 CALL WAS HER. HER 911 CALL WAS ROUTED FROM OPERATOR HER 911 CALL WAS ROUTED FROM OPERATOR TO OPERATOR AND A ROUTED FROM OPERATOR TO OPERATOR AND A NURSE LOOKED FOR HER TO OPERATOR AND A NURSE LOOKED FOR HER BUT NEVER SAW HER. NURSE LOOKED FOR HER BUT NEVER SAW HER.>>EVERY SECOND THAT BUT NEVER SAW HER.>>EVERY SECOND THAT WENT BY, WAS A SECOND>>EVERY SECOND THAT WENT BY, WAS A SECOND SHE COULDN’T GET BACK. WENT BY, WAS A SECOND SHE COULDN’T GET BACK.>>Reporter: BY THE SHE COULDN’T GET BACK.>>Reporter: BY THE TIME A FIREFIGHTER>>Reporter: BY THE TIME A FIREFIGHTER GAVE HER CPR, IT WAS TIME A FIREFIGHTER GAVE HER CPR, IT WAS TOO LATE. GAVE HER CPR, IT WAS TOO LATE. THE HOSPITAL HAS SINCE TOO LATE. THE HOSPITAL HAS SINCE ADDED SIGNS AND THE HOSPITAL HAS SINCE ADDED SIGNS AND LIGHTING. ADDED SIGNS AND LIGHTING. ITS OWNER CAMBRIDGE LIGHTING. ITS OWNER CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE IS ITS OWNER CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE IS SUPPORTING HIS HEALTH ALLIANCE IS SUPPORTING HIS EFFORTS. SUPPORTING HIS EFFORTS. LAURA’S LAW WOULD EFFORTS. LAURA’S LAW WOULD REQUIRE SIGNAGE, LAURA’S LAW WOULD REQUIRE SIGNAGE, LIGHTING, SECURITY REQUIRE SIGNAGE, LIGHTING, SECURITY MONITORING AND PANIC LIGHTING, SECURITY MONITORING AND PANIC BUTTONS OUTSIDE LOCKED MONITORING AND PANIC BUTTONS OUTSIDE LOCKED HOSPITAL DOORS. BUTTONS OUTSIDE LOCKED HOSPITAL DOORS.>>I MISS HER SO MUCH. HOSPITAL DOORS.>>I MISS HER SO MUCH. THIS DOESN’T BRING HER>>I MISS HER SO MUCH. THIS DOESN’T BRING HER BACK BUT HOPEFULLY IT THIS DOESN’T BRING HER BACK BUT HOPEFULLY IT WILL HELP OTHERS AND BACK BUT HOPEFULLY IT WILL HELP OTHERS AND SOMEONE ELSE SOMEWHERE WILL HELP OTHERS AND SOMEONE ELSE SOMEWHERE WILL LIVE BECAUSE OF SOMEONE ELSE SOMEWHERE WILL LIVE BECAUSE OF LAURA. WILL LIVE BECAUSE OF LAURA.>>Reporter: A HUSBAND LAURA.>>Reporter: A HUSBAND HEALING FROM HIS OWN


5 thoughts on “His Wife Died Outside An ER From An Asthma Attack. He’s Taking Action To Help. | NBC Nightly News

  1. She deserves the law being named after her. What a tragic story & still to many suffer to long in ER rooms. Medicaid for all needed !

  2. If you ever find yourself short of breath, or losing oxygen for unknown reasons, you must remain still, and waste no energy whatsoever! Walk only to a phone or emergency communicator, and attempt to increase your oxygen intake (full casual exhale, deep fresh inhale, without stressing lungs), while completely relaxing your entire body. If your lungs are not passing oxygen, then you will suffocate within minutes if you're accelerating consumption by moving your limbs and carrying your body weight.

  3. WTF! Inadequate signage, lighting & a lack of emergency buttons! In Australia these things are standard in EVERY hospital! What kind of 3rd world health care system does America have!

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