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Video: Why wasn’t anyone able to save Laura Levis?

My wife did everything she could to save herself when the asthma attack began. She went to the hospital and called 911, too. How could she have been left to die just outside the emergency room?

Warning: Video contains sensitive content.

“Laura, she didn’t take it standing still. She didn’t take anything standing still. She was a doer. If something needed to be done, she dove into it headfirst,” says Peter DeMarco of his wife.

“I miss that about her so much.”

Laura Levis, 34, made it to the doorstep of the emergency room seeking treatment for an asthma attack early one morning. She stared through a plate-glass window into the waiting area. The door was locked. Nobody was visible inside.

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Her attack intensifying, she called 911. “Where are you?” the operator asked. The Somerville Hospital emergency room, she replied. “I’m dying,” she said.

Read Peter’s story in Globe Magazine here.