Estate: Defibrillator may have not worked after West Side teacher collapsed

SHARE Estate: Defibrillator may have not worked after West Side teacher collapsed

The estate of a teacher who collapsed while teaching at a West Side school last month believes the defibrillator used to try to save him may have not been working properly.

James Dasher, a former teacher at Spencer Elementary Technology Academy, collapsed about 2:48 p.m. on Feb. 24. He was pronounced dead an hour later at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Monday, his estate filed a motion for discovery against Chicago Public Schools Monday in Cook County Circuit Court.

According to the filing, the defibrillator used on Dasher “may have failed to function properly.”

An autopsy found Dasher’s cause of death was organic cardiovascular disease.

The motion for discovery also seeks to find which company manufactured the defibrillator.

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