Saturday, 27 June 2009

Michael Jackson's emergency call released

The 911 call from a member of Michael Jackson's entourage was released here on Friday, providing an insight into the pop star's tragic final moments as he lay unconscious. ( Watch )

On a tape released by the Los Angeles Fire Department, the unidentified male caller tells a switchboard operator that repeated attempts to revive Jackson via CPR had been unsuccessful.

The caller also tells the operator that Jackson's personal doctor - who was reportedly being sought by police on Friday - was the only witness to the star's collapse.

Jackson, who was pronounced dead roughly two hours later after being rushed to the UCLA Medical Center, never regained consciousness after collapsing at his rented mansion in the exclusive Holmby Hills neighbourhood.

The following are excerpts from the exchange:

CALLER: "We have a gentleman here that needs help and he's not breathing. He's not breathing and we're trying to pump him, but he's not...

OPERATOR: "OK. How old?"

CALLER: "He's 50 years old, sir."

OPERATOR: "He's not conscious, he's not breathing?"

CALLER: "He's not breathing."

OPERATOR: "And he's not conscious either?"

CALLER: "Not conscious, sir."

OPERATOR: "OK. Alright. Is he on the floor, where is he at right now?

CALLER: "He's on the bed, sir."

OPERATOR: "Let's get him on the floor."


OPERATOR: "Let's get him down to the floor. I'll help you with CPR right now. We're on our way. We'll help you on the phone. Did anybody see him?

CALLER: "Yes, we have a personal doctor with him, sir."

OPERATOR: "And you have a doctor there?"

CALLER: "Yes, but he's not responding to anything. He's not responding to the CPR or anything."

OPERATOR: "Oh, OK. We're on our way there. If your guy's doing a CPR instructed by a doctor, you're a higher authority than me. Did anybody witness what happened?

CALLER: "No. Just the doctor, sir. The doctor's been the only one here."

OPERATOR: "So the doctor was there? Doctor, did you see what happened, sir?

CALLER: "Please --"

OPERATOR: "We're on our way. I'm just asking the questions for the paramedics while they're on their way."

CALLER: "He's pumping the chest but he's not responding to anything, sir, please."

OPERATOR: "We're on our way. We're about a mile away. Be there shortly."

CALLER: "Thank you, sir."

Source: TOI