CRIME
03/05/2012 06:31 pm ET | Updated Mar 06, 2012

Brandon Harris, Atlanta Man, Dies During Videotaped Sleep Study (VIDEO)

The last hours of Brandon Harris' life were captured on film after the Atlanta man unexpectedly died during a routine sleep study.

MyFox Atlanta reports that Harris' family has filed a lawsuit against Emory Healthcare claiming that the hospital could have done more to prevent their loved one's death.

The family told MyFox Atlanta that Harris, who was mentally handicapped, was "very overweight, and suffered from congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, diabetes and high blood pressure" and that those conditions made it risky for Harris to sleep on his back for long periods of time.

"We never knew he'd be dead," Renee "Sunshine" Lewis, Harris' mother told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Brandon did not receive the appropriate care from [the sleep center]. Actually, in my opinion, he received no care at all."

The hospital has declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

Nevertheless, Georgia lawmakers are already moving forward to address a possible need for more regulation of sleep study facilities.

CBS Atlanta reports that Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort appeared with members of Harris' family at a press conference to introduce a bill that would require 24-hour surveillance and CPR training for staff at sleep study facilities.

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