Two Chicago sisters agreed to end life support for a man whose police said they were their brother – only because their real brother or sister could turn up alive and well.
On May 13, Rosie Brooks received a call from the Mercy Hospital in Chicago to inform her that her brother, Alfonso Bennett, was in intensive care.
Brooks and her sister, Brenda Bennett-Johnson, went to the hospital to check on their brother.
& # 39; They had him on the ventilator and they had a tube in his mouth, & # 39; Brooks said WBBM TV.
Alfonso Bennett was supposed to have received life support in a Chicago hospital, but was later found to live and after the man in question was taken by a fan of Bennett's sisters last month, according to a report
The Chicago police informed the hospital that the man on life support was Alfonso Bennett, but the sisters were not so sure.
& # 39; They kept saying CPD has identified this person as our brother, & # 39; said Bennett-Johnson.
Brooks was told by hospital staff that the man was beaten up badly.
The police found him naked and without an identity card on the street on the south side of Chicago on April 29.
A nurse told the sisters that the police identified the man as Alfonso Bennett, who had a criminal record and used earlier mugshots.
Police told the hospital that they had not used fingerprints to definitively identify the man due to spending cuts.
& # 39; You do not identify a person via a mugshot versus fingerprints, & # 39; said Bennett-Johnson.
Brenda Bennett-Johnson (left) and her sister, Rosie Brooks (right), said the hospital staff told them that the police used old mug shots to determine that the life support man was indeed their brother
& # 39; Fingerprints carry everything. & # 39;
The man in life support responded to orders by raising his hand. But he never opened his eyes.
When it became clear that his condition was deteriorating, the sisters agreed to provide him with a living allowance.
They also agreed to have doctors perform a tracheotomy – an incision in the windpipe made to relieve an obstacle to breathing.
Shortly thereafter the man was placed in poor care.
& # 39; Within a few minutes, it was ice cold, & # 39; said Bennett-Johnson.
After he died, the sisters made funeral arrangements. They bought a suit and a coffin to prepare for the funeral of the man they said was their brother.
Some time before the funeral, they received a phone call from one of their sisters.
& # 39; She called my sister Yolanda to say, "It's a miracle! It's a miracle!" Brooks said.
"" Brenda! Brenda! It's Alfonso! It's Alfonso! "I said," You're kidding! "
The man who was eventually deprived of life support (above) was hit hard in the street on the south side of Chicago at the end of April. He was eventually taken out of living and placed in the hospice before he died
& # 39; I could almost have had a heart attack, & # 39; said Bennett-Johnson.
Alfonso Bennett was alive and kicking. He had just visited one of his sisters.
& # 39; It is sad that it happened that way & # 39 ;, said Bennett-Johnson.
& # 39; If it was our brother and we had to go through it, it would have been something completely different.
& # 39; We have made all kinds of decisions about someone who was not our family. & # 39;
The man who was removed from life aid and whose body was taken to the mortuary was later identified by fingerprints.
The police are now looking for the man's family.
When asked to comment, Mercy Hospital said: & # 39; The family identified this patient as their brother. & # 39;
CPD says it takes the matter seriously and investigates.
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