Sweat lodge volunteer had minimal medical training

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by Associated Press

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 8 at 6:19 PM

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) - A woman who volunteered at a self-help author's seminar says she treated participants who were burned, delirious and unconscious during a sweat lodge ceremony.

But Jennifer Haley says she received only minimal training from James Arthur Ray on how to react to those conditions.

Ray is charged with the deaths of three participants following the 2009 ceremony that he led. He has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

Prosecutors in Yavapai County allege that Ray conditioned the participants to trust him and remain inside the sweat lodge even as they began to die. They further argue that he did nothing to help those who were struggling.

Ray's defense attorneys told jurors in opening statements last week that the deaths were a tragic accident that Ray could not have foreseen.

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