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Oct. 12, 1987. Good Samaritan nursing staff notifies the hospital administration about the [Gerolamo Cucich] incident. [Richard Angelo] is suspended with pay in connection with that incident - but not the [Nancy Falabella] death - and the hospital begins an investigation into the Cucich case.
Sunday, Oct. 11, at about 6 a.m. Gerolamo Cucich, 73, pushed his nurse's call button and told the responding nurse that he was becoming cold and numb. He began to experience difficulty breathing and went into respiratory arrest. The Code Blue team, led by Richard Angelo, the nurse then in charge of the unit, responded and saved Cucich.
After Cucich was revived, he said that a heavy-set male nurse with a beard - a description that fit only Angelo - had been in Cucich's room a few minutes earlier and, saying, "This will make you feel better," had put something in the intravenous line. A nurse asked Angelo about the charge, and he denied it. The incident ended there with the shift change at 7 a.m.