A widow is suing two hospitals and doctors in each after her 46-year-old husband was mistakenly declared dead last year and no one believed her when she insisted he was alive, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.
When Michael Cleveland suffered a heart attack in on Oct. 10, wife Tammy rushed to the ER at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in Tonawanda, only to be told by Dr.
Gregory Perry that he’d been unable to restart her husband’s heart, the Washington Post reports. Michael was declared dead at 8:29pm, the Buffalo News notes, and Tammy, her daughter, and stepson went to see his body and were shocked.
“The doctor told me that it would appear like he was breathing, but he really wasn’t,” Tammy told the Democrat and Chronicle.
“He (tried) to hug me.’ “ Here, the second part of her nightmare began.
Perry, who the News notes had been a licensed physician for 15 months and other medical staff refused to believe Tammy’s pleas, telling her any movement she was witnessing was “because he had life expelling out of his body.”
Even a coroner who came for the body told Perry to call when he stopped showing signs of life, per a PI who interviewed the coroner.
Finally, at 11:10 nearly three hours after he’d been declared dead, Perry gave in and checked Michael out, proclaiming, “My God, he’s got a pulse,” to which Tammy replied, “No s—,” the Post reports.
“Poor Mike,” Tammy Cleveland tells the News. “He’s got to hear everybody saying he’s dead. Can you imagine?”.