Suit: Doctors mistakenly declared Chicago boy dead

CHICAGO (AP) -- The parents of an 8-year-old boy have sued a Chicago hospital, alleging doctors pronounced their son dead though he was still alive.

The lawsuit, filed this week, accuses Mercy Hospital and Medical Center of negligence. It says doctors refused to listen to relatives of Jaylen Dorsey when they insisted the Chicago boy's eyes and body were still moving.

The suit says nearly five hours passed before staff agreed to perform a cardiac ultrasound that showed Jaylen's heart was beating.

Jaylen was taken to Mercy Hospital in February after his parents found him unresponsive at home.

Hospital officials deny the allegations. They say Jaylen suffered full cardiac arrest and doctors treated him for "an extended period of time" before declaring him dead.

The parents' lawyers wouldn't release details about his disability.


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