Waffle House shooting victim’s family sues VUMC

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The mother of one of the victims in the mass shooting at an Antioch Waffle House is suing Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

23-year-old Akilah DaSilva was one of four people killed after police say Travis Reinking opened fire on the Murfreesboro Pike restaurant with an AR-15 style rifle on April 22, 2018. 

DaSilva’s autopsy lists his shooting wounds as the cause of death, but the latest lawsuit carried by his mother, Shaundelle Brooks argues he was improperly treated after being rushed to the Vanderbilt emergency room.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, in Davidson County Circuit Court.

It states that that two Vanderbilt doctors, “placed the breathing tube in Mr. DaSilva’s esophagus, leading directly and promptly to significant injury and death.”

The suit claims that Vanderbilt “concealed or destroyed” an X-ray that proved the mistake.

The suit also says the medical center has refused to provide the X-ray to Brook’s attorney Brian Manookian.

Vanderbilt issued a statement on the lawsuit.

“Losing a family member to a violent attack of this kind is unthinkable, and our deepest sympathies are with the DaSilva family for their tragic loss. However, we absolutely disagree with the allegations in this lawsuit and intend to defend it vigorously. The Office of the Medical Examiner found that the cause of Mr. DaSilva’s death was the gunshot wounds he suffered. It’s unfortunate the DaSilva family has been persuaded to believe otherwise,” said John Howser, Chief Communications Officer for VUMC. “Mr. DaSilva received world class care from a highly accomplished trauma team. Unfortunately, many factors can impact a gunshot victim’s survival, including their condition before arrival at the ER, the caliber of the bullet and whether vital organs were hit. The allegations in the complaint are not true. Mr. DaSilva was not improperly intubated and VUMC has not concealed anything related to his care.”

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