Suit says hospital mistakenly declared boy dead - KMOV.com

Suit says hospital mistakenly declared boy dead

CHICAGO (AP) -- The parents of an 8-year-old boy are suing 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 ignoring signs of life in the boy.

In February, Sheena Lane and Pink Dorsey found their disabled son, Jaylen, unresponsive at their home and brought him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the suit, relatives told staff he continued to twitch his eyes and move his body. It says staff waited nearly five hours before performing a cardiac ultrasound that showed his heart was beating.

The hospital said in a statement that Jaylen suffered full cardiac arrest and doctors treated him for "an extended period of time" before declaring him dead.

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