2 Years After Locked ER Cost A Young Woman Her Life, Somerville Hospital Promises Changes15:30

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Officials from Somerville Hospital held a meeting at the Boston Globe Tuesday with Peter DeMarco, whose wife, Laura Levis, suffered an asthma attack that led her to collapse just outside the hospital's emergency room doors.

Levis died a week later, on Sept. 13, at 34 years old.

DeMarco wrote about the failures that led to Levis' death for the Boston Globe in a piece titled, "Losing Laura." In 2016, he went viral for a letter published in the New York Times that expressed gratitude for the nurses and doctors who cared for Levis in the last week of her life.

On Tuesday afternoon, DeMarco met with Patrick Wardell, the CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance, which owns Somerville Hospital. It was his first meeting with hospital administrators since his wife's death.


Peter DeMarco,  founder of #Lift4Laura. He tweets @peterdemarco.

This segment aired on November 13, 2018.


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