Maya Angelou’s caretaker did not want to resuscitate her, but was forced to try anyway19
In a recent development regarding the passing of legendary author and poet Maya Angelou, Eurweb.com is reporting that Angelou did not want to be resuscitated. But at the time of her passing, the website reported that Angelou did not possess a “Do Not Resuscitate” order, which is generally required for medical personnel to not be required to attempt to revive a person who has gone into cardiac arrest or stopped breathing. Because of this, CPR was performed on her anyway.
The caretaker who found Angelou unresponsive in her home called 911. The 911 operator can be heard instructing Angelou’s caretaker to try to help her by performing CPR on her. When the caretaker advises the operator that Angelou did not want to be revived, the operator asks if Angelou had an official DNR document, which is generally yellow with a stop sign on it.
The caretaker then advises the operator that she is unaware of where the paperwork would be located, but she is sure that Angelou did not want to be revived and just wanted caretakers to “let her go.” The 911 operator then advises the caretaker that without the official DNR paperwork, she would need to at least attempt to resuscitate Angelou until medical personnel arrived.
In a statement released by her family, those close to her express their gratitude that her passing was not painful or difficult. Here is the statement that was posted to Angelou’s Facebook page”
“Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”
The statement was written by Guy B. Johnson.