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US Appeals court grants order to keep Texas baby on life support

11:00  04 january  2020
11:00  04 january  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Judge rules baby at Texas Hospital can be taken off life support against family's wishes

  Judge rules baby at Texas Hospital can be taken off life support against family's wishes A judge ruled Thursday that a 11-month-old baby can be taken off life support at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth against the family's wishes. The family of Tinslee Lewis, who was born in February with severe medical problems, will appeal the decision, the family’s lawyer, Joe Nixon, said. They are filing an emergency motion to stay which, if granted, will prevent the hospital from removing life-sustaining care while the appeal is ongoing.

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas appeals court on Friday agreed to delay a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a hospital to end life -sustaining treatment for an 11-month-old girl who doctors say is in pain and will not get better.

(AP) - A Texas appeals court has agreed to delay a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a hospital to end life -sustaining treatment for an 11-month-old girl who doctors say is in pain and will not get better.

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas appeals court on Friday agreed to delay a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a hospital to end life-sustaining treatment for an 11-month-old girl who doctors say is in pain and will not get better.

a pile of stuffed animals sitting on top of a bed: Image: Tinslee Lewis© Courtesy of Texas Right to Life via AP Image: Tinslee Lewis

The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth ordered Cook Children's Medical Center to not remove Tinslee Lewis from life support until it makes a final ruling in the case. The appeals court did not immediately schedule any hearings in the case.

On Thursday, a judge in Tarrant County denied a request by Tinslee’s mother, Trinity Lewis, to issue an injunction that would have stopped the hospital from removing her daughter from life support.

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court on Friday agreed to delay a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a hospital to end life -sustaining The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth ordered Cook Children's Medical Center to not remove Tinslee Lewis from life support until it makes

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court on Friday agreed to delay a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a hospital to end life -sustaining treatment for an 11-month-old girl who doctors say is in pain and will not get better. The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth ordered Cook

Doctors at the Fort Worth hospital had planned to remove Tinslee from life support Nov. 10 after invoking Texas’ "10-day rule," which can be employed when a family disagrees with doctors who say life-sustaining treatment should be stopped. The law stipulates that if the hospital's ethics committee agrees with doctors, treatment can be withdrawn after 10 days if a new provider can’t be found to take the patient.

Efforts to find another facility to take the girl have been unsuccessful. The hospital said it has reached out to more than 20 facilities.

Kimberlyn Schwartz, a spokeswoman for Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group that's advocating for Tinslee, said her organization was “grateful and relieved” the appeals court had granted the emergency stay.

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A Texas appellate court stayed a ruling that had permitted a Fort Worth, TX, hospital to remove life The hospital had agreed to keep Tinslee on life support for seven days following Marion’s ruling “If the Court does not stay that order and preserve the status quo, baby T.L. will suffer the ultimate

A Texas judge granted 9-month-old Tinslee Lewis' family a temporary restraining order against a children's hospital who planned to take her off life - support .

She said the court’s action would give her group more time to contact doctors and hospitals who could treat Tinslee.

“This gives us so much hope for Tinslee,” Schwartz said. “This is a prayer answered.”

A spokeswoman for Cook Children's Medical Center did not immediately return an email seeking comment Friday evening.

Tinslee has been at Cook Children's since her premature birth. The hospital said she has a rare heart defect and suffers from chronic lung disease and severe chronic high blood pressure. She hasn't come off a ventilator since going into respiratory arrest in early July and requires full respiratory and cardiac support.

Lewis testified at a hearing last month that despite her daughter's sedation, she has a sense of the girl's likes and dislikes, describing her as “sassy.” She said Tinslee likes getting her nails done but doesn't like having her hair brushed.

“I want to be the one to make the decision for her,” Lewis said about removing her daughter from life support.

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A Texas judge ruled on Thursday that a hospital’s plan to remove an 11-month-old girl from life support over her family’s objections could proceed, the latest twist in a The delay is intended to allow families time to find other medical facilities willing to take such patients and keep them on life support .

At the hearing, Dr. Jay Duncan, one of Tinslee’s physicians, testified that the girl is in pain and that treatment was no longer benefiting her.

The case has become a rallying point for Republicans in Texas. Earlier Friday, state Attorney General Ken Paxton, Gov. Greg Abbott and the state’s solicitor general sent a letter to the appeals court, asking it to delay the judge’s order.

“I will continue to fight for Tinslee and my office will continue to use all necessary resources to ensure that she will not be deprived of her right to live,” Paxton said in a statement.

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