Family sues over boy declared dead
BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter October 18, 2012 2:20AM
Sheena Lane and Pink Dorsey got the worst news a parent could hear last February when their young son was pronounced dead at a Chicago hospital. But just four hours later, tests showed the boy was still alive — prompting the family to file a $200,000 emotional distress lawsuit Wednesday.
Two doctors at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center pronounced their disabled son, Jaylen Dorsey, dead at 9:52 a.m. Feb. 18, his parents claim in the suit. The boy had been found unresponsive at home, and taken by ambulance to the Near South Side hospital.
However, in the hours after his apparent death, the boy continued to show signs of life that both doctors allegedly saw or were told about, his parents claim. The boy’s eyes twitched, his body moved, his nostrils flared and he appeared to have a pulse and irregular breathing pattern, his parents claim in the suit.
It wasn’t until 2:35 p.m. — more than four hours after Jaylen was pronounced dead — when doctors performed a cardiac ultrasound found the boy was actually still alive, according to the suit.
The suit blames the doctors for not ordering tests or monitoring sooner, and claims the boy’s parents underwent severe emotional distress because of the ordeal.
A spokesperson for the hospital reached Wednesday night had no immediate comment on the suit or the incident.