Former President George H.W. Bush's brother collapsed on Tuesday during health insurer WellPoint's annual shareholders meeting.
Former president's brother collapses at meeting
William H.T. Bush, 71, has served on the company's board of directors since 2004. He was sitting with other directors during a question-and-answer session when he moaned and rolled to his right side about an hour into the meeting. WellPoint officials cleared the room and called for help.
Rob Stone, an emergency room doctor and frequent WellPoint critic who attended the meeting, rushed with some other people to Bush. Stone said he stayed with him until help arrived. He said Bush was alert and talking.
Bush was sitting up on a stretcher as emergency workers pulled him out about 25 minutes after he collapsed.
Some were not happy the insurer adjourned soon after Bush became ill. Stockholder Julia Vaughn, who was representing Citizens Action Coalition at the meeting, implored WellPoint CEO Angela Braly to continue the meeting as several people attended to Bush, who was lying on the floor. “I don't think Angela is a nurse,” Vaughn shouted while WellPoint officials tried to clear the room.
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