From the Chicago Sun Times:
A Cook County jury has awarded $7 million to the family of a Chicago man who was being treated for an asthma attack but was left alone in a local hospital emergency room where he suffered brain and other injuries that eventually killed him.
But early the next morning after doctors had finished treating him, nursing staff left his side to attend to other duties, witnesses who testified during the trial alleged, Burke said.
Thirty minutes later, staff returned to the “trauma bay” where Bell had been sitting on a stretcher. This time, though, they “found him slumped over,” Burke alleged.
“He goes into respiratory arrest, followed by cardiac arrest and [he suffered] permanent injury to the brain” at some point during those 30 minutes, Burke said.
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