Levin & Perconti has filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of Devron Matthews’s family after his recent death. The suit was filed on July 24, 2008.
On August 19, 2007, Devron, a known asthmatic, was taken to the emergency room at Weiss Hospital on Chicago’s north side for complaints of shortness of breath and a high fever. Despite being diagnosed with pneumonia and having a dangerous blood gas reading, Devron was not monitored properly, and his breathing status deteriorated throughout the morning. He was transferred from the Emergency Room to a non acute setting in an unstable condition. Devron went into respiratory failure and suffered a full cardiopulmonary arrest in the morning hours of August 29, 2007. During this time, his brain was deprived of oxygen and he sustained permanent brain damage.
Devron was placed life support and remained in intensive care as a result of his brain damage. After intensive care, he continued to exist in a vegetative state, always in nursing or hospital care, until his death on May 2, 2008 at age 20. Devron is survived directly by his two sisters and his mother.