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Drunk Nurse Let Child Die, Dad Says

ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - A man claims his daughter died because the nurse attending her, Ann West Barnes, was so drunk she tried to monitor the girl's oxygen level from her shoes.

Plaintiff Joseph Barela Sr. claims his daughter, Crystal, died after being taken to the Lovelace Pediatric Urgent Care Center, owned and operated by Lovelace Sandia Health Systems, which is owned by Ardent Health Services LLC. Barela claims co-defendant Vista Staffing Solutions hired the attending doctor, Marion K. Yoder MD. He claims that when his daughter arrived in the ER, lethargic and in distress, Barnes was so drunk she was dropping things and bumping into walls. He claims Albuquerque Police found her blood alcohol level was .113 that night, and she was fired. He demands punitive damages. He is represented in Albuquerque District Court by David Greer.

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