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Nurse Accused of Refusing to Give Student Inhaler During Asthma Attack

Michael Rudi, 17, lay collapsed against the wall of his school's nurses office, unable to breathe. Deltona High school's nurse stood over him but refused to give him an inhaler, according to WKMG Channel 6 News.

That's because school officials said they had no record of Rudi's parent's signature on file.

"It's like something out of a horror film. The person just sits there and watches you die," Rudi said.

Sue Rudi, Michael's mother, rushed to the school and discovered her son suffering from a full-blown asthma attack. 

"How dare you deny my son something we all take for granted, breath? Why didn't someone call 911?" she said.

School officials are standing behind the nurse's decision not to treat Rudi based on policy. However, policy does allow for 911 to be called, something that was not done.

Sue Rudi says she's pressing charges against the nurse who refused to treat her son.