Reader feels death on beach was mishandled

January 10, 2020
By Marcy Shortuse

To the Editor:
I just read your editorial column in the recent Boca Beacon. I too am appalled at the circumstances of handling that “death situation.” I am retired from a 40-year career in cardiology. That was totally mishandled. That lady should have been evaluated by emergency medical personnel. What if she had only been “unconscious or arrested” for a short time? I have seen patients resuscitated after 20 or more minutes, even when blue. I have coded people for up to an hour. 
That event was a tragedy.
It sounds like she may have been deceased for some time but we should never make assumptions with someone’s life! I will keep following this. Awaiting autopsy results.
Susan Bassett