ST. LOUIS – A Tenet Health hospital declared a live man dead after St. Louis police took hours to respond to his shooting, the man claims in court.
Wilbert Randall sued Tenet Health System dba St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis University, the St. Louis Police and Fire Departments, and the city’s Office of the Medical Examiner, in City Court.
Randall says he was shot at least five times by an unknown assailant on Aug. 9, 2011. Other people called 911 for help, but the police and fire departments “did not respond to the scene of the emergency until several hours after the shooting,” the complaint states.
When they finally arrived, emergency responders took him to St. Louis University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Thereafter plaintiff Wilbert Randall awoke, after his family was asked to, and did in fact, indentify his body, where he was found to be alive,” the lawsuit states.
Randall says he suffered “severe psychiatric injury and physical and mental scarring.”
He seeks actual and punitive damages for negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
He is represented by Ray B. Marglous in Clayton, Mo.
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