Son Pushing For Law That Could Have Saved His Mother

A Danville man says his mother didn't have to die and now he wants to make sure other families don't face the same tragedy.

Jim Talley says his mother, Christine Talley, pushed her Phillips Lifeline button for help last May, but didn't get it until it was too late. Talley says that's because Lifeline contacted his family before they called 911.

Medical workers say sometimes people push the lifeline button in non-emergencies. But, Talley says it shouldn't matter and he's not alone. Thursday, lawmakers will vote to regulate personal emergency response systems.

"It's been a tough year, a lot of ups and downs, my mother was also my best friend" said Jim Talley.

Talley and his wife Debbie have been working hard for 10 months to gain support for House Bill 409, or Christine's law. Which would tighten medical alert service rules and make companies like Lifeline, contact 911 immediately if a client doesn't respond to their calls.

"If an ambulance was there even 5 minutes sooner, my mother would still be alive. But by the time the company called 911, it was too late." said Talley.

The bill has already received wide spread support from local and national lawmakers as well as large organizations including the American Heart Association.

"We are definitely not the only one's who believe in this, the support keeps rolling in and we won't stop until something is done, so other families don't have to suffer like we did," said Talley.

If the Bill becomes law it would tighten medical alert service rules and companies could face serious charges for violating the rules. Jim Talley also tells 27NEWSFIRST, he plans on taking this law to nationwide.

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