Hospital sued after wrong family gives permission for patient’s life support to be switched off
A major US hospital is facing legal action for switching off a patient’s life support system after approaching the wrong family for consent.
In April, Chicago’s Mercy Hospital admitted an unidentified unconscious man who had been found by police beneath a car, having sustained serious facial injuries.
Using mugshots, Chicago Police identified the man as Alfonso Bennett, and the hospital contacted his next of kin a fortnight later.
Mr Bennett’s sister, Rosie Brooks, rushed to hospital, having been told he was in intensive care.
Neither she, nor her sister Brenda Bennett-Johnson, could identify the man in the hospital bed. They had him on the ventilator, and they had a tube in his mouth,” Ms Brooks told Chicago’s CBS television station.
The man was fading, and the sisters signed papers authorising the hospital to take him off the ventilator……..read more
Source: The Telegraph