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February 18, 2005

Rising Sun

From World Magazine:

A mother fighting to keep a hospital from removing her infant son from the ventilator that has kept him alive since birth has won another temporary restraining order.

The 1st Court of Appeals reinstated the order keeping 4-month-old Sun Hudson on life support Wednesday, just hours after a probate court judge lifted the order. A hearing was set for Tuesday.

The dispute centers on the legal standard over hospital care in Texas. Under state law, a hospital must continue care if there is a reasonable probability that another hospital will admit the patient.

Texas Children's Hospital officials have said no treatment can save Sun, and they want to remove him from life support. Hospital lawyers said state officials have contacted almost 40 facilities and none have been willing to care for infant.

I recently heard someone say “If there ain't nothin' left of me but a toe-nail, then hook it up to some machine and keep it alive” This idea of “letting people die” is getting scary. There are no doctors or hospitals around that can keep a person alive -- or kill them for that matter -- unless God decides it's that person's time to die. The doctor's job is to keep them alive -- let God decide when they die.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 18, 2005 09:00 AM

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