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

Peter DeMarco is advocating for Massachusetts lawmakers to pass “Laura’s Law,” in honor of his wife who died three years ago from an asthma attack while outside of a hospital emergency room. “She should never have died that day,” he told NBC’s Kate Snow.
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His Wife Died Outside An ER From An Asthma Attack. He’s Taking Action To Help. | NBC Nightly News


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  1. I was a patient and got locked out of the hospital at night once. I didn't have my phone, the door I came out of was locked. I was really sick and I tried to walk to the next building. There was no button to push. No lights outside. No people outside. It was very dangerous and scarey. No one was looking for me though the nurses knew I had taken my service dog out to potty as they required. I could have died out there or been assaulted in my hospital clothes. So sad about this lady.

  2. I thought every hospital had to have signage. Unacceptable.

  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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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 !

  6. they'll never pass that law…. that is unprofitable for HMOs

  7. she died for HMOs to keep profiting.

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