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Nursing home patient, 66, asked Alexa for help before dying from coronavirus

A VULNERABLE Michigan nursing home patient pleaded with her Amazon Echo Show to help her cope with her pain before dying of coronavirus.

The heartbreaking messages were found after 66-year-old LouAnn Dagen's death in which she can be heard turning to Alexa dozens of times in her final days before dying in agony on Saturday at a hospital in Grand Rapids.

Her sister Penny discovered the 40 heartbreaking recordings as she was going through her little sister's things at home in Sparta, Tennessee, after she passed.

“Alexa, help me,” LouAnn was heard saying at one point.

“I am in pain. I have to find a way to relieve it,” she told Alexa.

“Can you help me cope with pain? Oh, Alexa, I’m going to hurt,” she said.

LouAnn also asked for help reaching law enforcement.

“How do I get to the police?” she said, but was provided with directions to the nearest police station.

Ms Dagen was one of 31 residents and five staffers at the Metron of Cedar Springs who tested positive for coronavirus.

'HELP ME COPE WITH MY PAIN'

LouAnn was quarantined along with the other residents in a separate section of the home, leaving her alone with the device.

LouAnn's grieving sister Penny said that Metron had already been giving LouAnn pain medication.

Penny said: “I just kept telling her there wasn’t anything I could do.”

“I’m sorry I couldn’t help you more. I’d take your pain away,” she wept.

LouAnn, who suffered from diabetes and hypertension, had been living at Metron ever since she survived a stroke almost ten years ago, WOOD-TV reported.

LouAnn had been short of breath early last week but Metron officials said she did not have a fever.

Penny said: “It wasn’t until Thursday that they started the saline solution because she was getting dehydrated,”

“She just kept saying, ‘I’m thirsty.’ She didn’t drink anything, though.”

On Saturday, LouAnn’s oxygen level and blood pressure dropped, prompting the nursing home to send her to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, where she went into “convulsions”.

Penny continued: “The hospital called me right away and said that they put her on a respirator… They asked me about giving her CPR if her heart stopped and I said, ‘No, she didn’t want that,’”.

“And then her heart stopped and that was it. A half-hour after they called.”

The medical examiner’s office recorded LouAnns death was caused by “coronavirus infection, diabetes and hypertension".

A devastated Penny said: “It’s good to know she’s not in pain anymore, but I still miss her.

“She’s up in heaven now so she’s pain-free, and she’s walking… with my mom and my dad, so I have to be happy for her.”

Metron did not respond to request for comment.

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