Court Order Blocks Hospital from Cutting Baby's Life Support Against Parents' Wishes

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On Friday, the Fort Worth-based Second Court of Appeals ordered Cook Children’s Medical Center to continue to provide life support to the infant until it rules on the issue of whether the hospital can remove the child from life support, NBC reported.

The Friday ruling came one day after a lower court rejected a request from Trinity Lewis, Tinslee’s mother, to issue an injunction blocking the hospital from taking action.

Doctors originally planned to remove the girl from life support in November and invoked the Texas “10-day rule” allowing a facility to withdraw life support even over the objections of family members. The law allows a facility to stop treatment after 10 days if another care provider cannot be found. The hospital said that it sought another facility for the girl, but without success.

Kimberlyn Schwartz, a spokeswoman for Texas Right to Life, said the group was “grateful and relieved” after the appeals court ruled against the hospital.