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October 12, 2018

Judge clears way for hospital to remove life support from child in Texas

Judge clears way for hospital to remove life support from child in Texas

The family of nine-year-old Payton Summons received heartbreaking news Wednesday that a 14-day restraining order against Cook Children’s Medical Center in Forth Worth, Texas, will not be extended, and Payton will be removed from life support on Monday afternoon. A judge put the original order in place on October 1, 2018.

CNN reports that Cook Children’s attempted to get other hospitals to take Payton. According to the Summons family’s attorney, “… after 25 out of 28 facilities that were contacted, we had no takers, we have two maybes and those were preconditioned on certain things which may be life threatening to Payton if performed” — a somewhat ironic statement, given that if Payton is removed from life support, this will be immediately life threatening.

Local news affiliate CBS 11 reports that after Payton went into cardiac arrest, it was revealed that she had a large tumor growing in her chest. Payton reportedly survived childhood cancer as a toddler.

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