Judge rules hospital can shut off 11-month-old's life support despite mother's objections

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 2nd, 2020 12:52 pm

Last Updated Jan 2nd, 2020 at 1:27 pm

A Texas judge is allowing a Forth Worth hospital to remove an 11-month-old baby from life support, even though her mother is objecting.

Eleven-month-old Tinslee Lewis was born with a congenital heart disease and currently breathes with the assistance of a ventilator. Cook Children's Fort Worth Hospital told Tinslee's mother, Trinity Lewis, in October that they would be removing her from life support.

After a Texas rule allowed the family just 10 days to find another hospital to take Tinslee, a judge originally ordered the hospital to keep her on life support in order to extend the time they could search.

On Thursday, Judge Sandee Marion, Chief Justice of the 4th Court of Appeals, denied a temporary injunction, allowing the hospital to remove Tinslee from life support.

"I am heartbroken over today's decision because the judge basically said Tinslee's life is not worth living," Lewis said. "I feel frustrated because anyone in that courtroom would want more time just like I do if Tinslee were their baby. I hope that we can keep fighting through an appeal to protect Tinslee. She deserves the right to live. Please keep praying for Tinslee and thank you for supporting us during this difficult time."

An appeals court will decide whether to grant Tinslee more time through an emergency stay.


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