Michael Jackson was resuscitated by doctors an hour after he suffered the cardiac arrest which led to his death, according to the King of Pop's father Joe Jackson. The "Thriller" superstar's heart stopped after he was allegedly given a dose of powerful anaesthetic Propofol by his personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray last June 2009. The medic has pleaded not guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter after Los Angeles prosecutors charged him with administering the drug to the singer.
Joe Jackson wants Murray held to account for medical malpractice and his lawyer Brian Oxman revealed last week that he was preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor on behalf of the family patriarch. In the legal documents, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and obtained by Britain's News of the World tabloid, it is alleged that Jackson was revived for 10 minutes after being admitted to the UCLA hospital on 25 June 2009.
The papers state, "At 13:21 hours or 1:21pm, the nurses and physicians at UCLA detected a weak femoral pulse and cardiac activity for Michael Jackson. At 13:22 hours he showed cardiac activity. At 13.33 he showed a weak ventricular rhythm (contracting of the lower heart chambers)."
"Dr. Richelle Cooper (head of the UCLA Medical Center Emergency Department) reported that when Michael Jackson was intubated with an endotrachial tube he had good breath sounds and, 'The initial cardiac rhythm appeared to be wide and slow in the 40s.' At 13.52 or 1.52pm he had a pulse of 53 beats per minute..."
"Despite these efforts, Michael Jackson did not regain a spontaneous pulse or heartbeat. Michael was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm." In the suit, Oxman alleges Murray lied to the doctors treating Jackson about the drugs the singer had been taking, and failed to mention the use of Propofol, a claim backed up by Cooper's report of the hospitalization.
Her account states: "By report of Dr. Murray the patient had been working long hours but had not been ill. The only medications reported were Valium and Flomax. There is no history of drug use by the patient as reported by Dr. Murray."
Joe Jackson is convinced the medical timeline leading up to his son's death is enough to prove Murray was responsible for the superstar's passing. He says, "This evidence is damning. They should lock him up and throw away the key. It's disgusting what happened here."
Jackson Sr. is seeking an unspecified amount of punitive damages, economic support, loss of companionship and loss of consortium. Murray has 90 days to respond to the lawsuit.