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BUFFALO, New York – Tammy Cleveland still remembers her husband and their life together. He passed away following a heart attack just about one year ago.

One of the biggest problems with that day though is that Michael Cleveland was pronounced dead twice.

According to WTSP, the Cleveland’s were at DeGraff Memorial Hospital after Michael had a heart attack.

In Tammy’s lawsuit, she says that a doctor mistakenly declared Michael dead and ignored the family for two hours while they asked for help.

Tammy thought Michael was breathing, but Dr. Gregory Perry and nurses said he “had a lot of energy to expel from his body.”

She did not believe them though.

“The doctor told me that it would appear like he was breathing, but he really wasn’t,” Tammy Cleveland said. “I said, ‘But he’s responding to me. … He (tried) to hug me.'”

In the lawsuit, nearly 100 minutes passed between the initial declaration of death and when Dr. Perry found out that he was still alive.

He was taken to another hospital where he was responsive in the ambulance. Another doctor determined that his life was threatened by struggling to breath from CPR collapsing his lung, not the heart attack.

Tammy is seeking damages from the hospital and Dr. Perry.

“I wonder if he’s having nightmares like I am,” she said. “He’s got to have some kind of a conscience. I just want him to be sorry for what he did and not do it to anyone else again.”

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