Wednesday 24 January 2018

Parents sue doctors who declared son (8) dead

Jermaine Jess Chicago

The parents of an eight-year-old boy have sued a Chicago hospital, alleging doctors pronounced their son dead though he was still alive.

The lawsuit accuses Mercy Hospital and Medical Center of negligence and alleges that five hours passed before staff agreed to perform a cardiac ultrasound, which showed Jaylen Dorsey's heart was beating.

Hospital officials deny the allegations.

Jaylen, who has a disability that keeps him bedridden and on a ventilator, was found unresponsive by his mother, Sheena Lane, on February 18.

The hospital, which rejects the lawsuit's allegations, said that Jaylen arrived at the hospital after suffering full cardiac arrest for 25 minutes and doctors treated him for "an extended period of time" before declaring him dead.

His parents are seeking $200,000 (€153,574) in damages. The lawsuit says they suffered hours of "severe emotional distress."

Irish Independent

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