January 3, 2020

Judge Denies Injunction to Extend Texas Baby's Life Support

After spending all eleven months of her life at Cook Children's Medical Center (CCMC) in Fort Worth, Texas, prematurely-born Tinslee Lewis's life is being threatened. The hospital has declared intentions to remove life support for Tinslee, and Texas Fourth District Court of Appeals Chief Justice Sandee Marion ruled against the family's injunction to extend life support.

Tinslee Lewis was born with a heart defect, lung disease, severe chronic pulmonary hypertension. She underwent multiple surgeries before October; when doctors declared that she was beyond saving.

Tinslee's mother voiced her frustration with the court's decision:

“I am heartbroken over today’s decision because the judge basically said Tinslee’s life is NOT worth living. 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.”

Texas Right to Life says they will file an appeal to Justice Marion's decision and have called on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to convene a special legislative session to repeal a rule which only requires hospitals to provide 10 days of care if no new doctor steps in to help a patient.

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