A tragic case of erroneous identity turned out to be the end of a New York man whose life support was drawn with the consent of a total stranger.
Now the woman who unsubscribed the life-ended decision, st. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx to put his family through the grief.
Last summer, Shirell Powell sat for days on what she seemed to be bedtime for her dying brother, Fred Williams, who was admitted to the hospital unknowingly with brain damage following drug overdose, according to the Associated Press.
Powell said she eventually got authorized doctors to stop life support and arrange her brother's funeral when officials revealed that there had been a big mistake. It turned out that the unconscious patient was another 40-year-old African-American man named Fred Williams ̵
Powell's brother was actually in jail on July 1, 2018, an assault warrant, according to the New York Post.
"I almost weakened because I killed someone I didn't even know. I gave consent," she told the paper. "I was like," Where's my brother? What happens? "I was destroyed."
The error was discovered when the city's doctor's office performed an autopsy according to The Washington Post.
Powell claims unspecified injuries in the Bronx Supreme Court and accuses drug hospital and fought it causing her "serious emotional damage."
She told the New York Post that her sister originally believed that the man in the hospital was not their brother. But she said they concluded that he was simply hard to recognize because of the swelling.
Powell's lawyer, Alexander Dudelson, said his client would like to reach the other man's family to express his condolences, but that neither the medical examiner's office nor the hospital would provide them with any information citing privacy concerns.
The incident has led to something awkward between Powell and her brother, whom she has since called Rikers Island.
"He said," You should kill me? "Powell told the New York Post." I explained to him when you are brain dead, there is nothing to do. "
Williams told him that he is not angry with his sister, but is sick in the hospital." How could the hospital Do such a thing? See what they put my family through, "he said.
A spokesman for St. Barnabas told HuffPost that the hospital would not comment on yet another law than to say that the trial is without profit.