Mom Demands Answers in Sleep Study DeathUpdated: Monday, 08 Feb 2010, 6:56 PM ESTPublished : Monday, 08 Feb 2010, 5:27 PM ESTEdited By: Leigha Baugham | myfoxatlanta.comThe mother of a 25-year-old man who died in a sleep study demanded answers Monday. The man's mother and some community activists delivered a letter to Emory Hospital.Brandon Harris died, while he was participating in a sleep study at Emory Hospital. Harris' mother, Sunshine Lewis, said her son was basically healthy. Lewis, along with other members of Harris' family said Monday that they don't believe the 25-year-old received adequate care.Family members said video taken during the study showed Harris waving for assistance seven to 10 times, but no one came to help.Emory Hospital released a statement saying Harris died of cardiac arrest and claimed that people are monitored 24 hours during the study.Harris' family admitted that the 25-year-old was overweight, had high-blood pressure and diabetes.Harris' family, along with community activists Michael Lanford, Derrick Boazman, John Evans, Archbishop Lewis III, Sen. Vincent Fort and others drafted a letter to Emory asking them to stop all sleep studies. The letter also called for an investigation in Harris' death.
Coroner: No investigation into sleep study patient's deathBy Craig SchneiderThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThe DeKalb Medical Examiner's Office said it will not pursue an investigation into the death of a 25-year-old man who died during a sleep study at EmoryHealthcare.Brandon Harris, 25, died two weeks ago during a sleep study at Emory hospital. The hospital says he died due previous medical conditions. His family says he was not given proper medical attention.Family members of 25-year-old Brandon Harris have raised objections to his care during the sleep study, and are calling on the hospital to close the sleep clinic until a full review is performed.But John Henson, deputy chief investigator at the county medical examiner's office, said his review of the incident revealed no indication of any wrongdoing on the part of Emory. He said there is no suspicion of foul play or medical wrongdoing in the death of Harris, who was there for sleep apnea."In this case we declined jurisdiction," he said.Harris, a medical assistant, entered the Emory sleep center on Jan. 22, said his mother, Renee "Sunshine" Lewis. By the next morning he was dead.Emory said in a statement that he died of sudden cardiac arrest, and that the hospital "appropriately attended to him."But family members, some of whom Emory allowed to view video footage from the test, say he was gesturing that he needed help and did not receive the attention he needed.
ATLANTA -- Attorneys for the mother of a man who died during a sleep study released part of the hospital video showing some of what happened on Friday. Those attorneys filed a lawsuit against Emory Hospital and the Wesley Woods Center.Brandon Harris, 25, died in January 2010 after his mother enrolled him at the Emory Sleep Center to see if he suffered from sleep apnea. Harris was overweight, mentally challenged and had congestive heart failure."My objective is simply to make sure that Brandon's death was not in vain and that those responsible will someday be held accountable," said Renee "Sunshine" Lewis at her attorneys' office.Attorneys showed four minutes from what they say is an hour-long video. It shows Harris complaining of massive chest pains and shortness of breath as sleep technicians try to comfort him.At one point in the video, Harris states he's afraid he's dying and coughs up blood. The video shows him collapsing on the bed twice. The final time, two women described as sleep technicians lower him to the floor.Harris was rushed to nearby Emory Hospital, but died about an hour later.Lewis’ attorneys claim Harris should not have been made to lie down on the bed because of his medical condition. Instead, they said he should have been allowed to sleep in a more vertical position as he did at home.Attorney Audrey Tolson of the Cochran Law Firm stated that because Harris had a mental capacity equal to a 10-year-old, he didn't feel he could go against the sleep techs' orders.
Mother Files Suit In Emory Sleep Center DeathWSBTV.comPosted: 4:22 pm EDT April 22, 2011Updated: 6:04 pm EDT April 22, 2011QuoteAttorney Audrey Tolson of the Cochran Law Firm stated that because Harris had a mental capacity equal to a 10-year-old, he didn't feel he could go against the sleep techs' orders.
Attorney Audrey Tolson of the Cochran Law Firm stated that because Harris had a mental capacity equal to a 10-year-old, he didn't feel he could go against the sleep techs' orders.