Texas Family Sues Hospital To Keep Brain-Dead Baby Alive

Texas Family Sues Hospital To Keep 10-Month-Old On Life Support Despite Him Being Brain-Dead

A Texan family is suing a children’s hospital to keep their baby alive on life support after he was declared brain dead by doctors.

Nick Torres, who was only 10 months, was taken to a Texas hospital on September 24 after he was found unconscious and unresponsive in a bathtub. He was transferred from the hospital’s intensive care unit and taken to Texas Children’s Hospital.

Texas Family Sues Hospital To Keep Brain-Dead Baby Alive
Image via GoFundMe

According to court documents, within the week, doctors declared Nick brain dead.

But Mario and Ana Patricia Torres, Nick’s parents, believe that because their son’s heart is still beating on its own, he has a chance to live.

The couple has sued the hospital to keep Nick on life support, alleging in a complaint that the hospital had been “rushing to make a decision.”

Texas Family Sues Hospital To Keep Brain-Dead Baby Alive
Image via Shutterstock

RELATED: One-Year-Old Called a Christmas Miracle After She Was Declared Dead Twice and Came Back to Life Both Times

Dr. Matthew Musick, the Texas Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit’s senior medical director, stated in court documents that Nick’s “current condition and physiological changes have nothing to do with the presence of oxygen provided by the ventilator. In addition, these changes cannot be stopped or slowed by the ventilator or any other service.”

The Torres’ decided to seek an injunction against Texas Children’s and over $1 million, despite a judge denying it. Both Mario and Ana Patricia were given more time to file an accelerated appeal, and all sides were given until 5 p.m. Wednesday to present evidence to the court, according to the outlet.

Court documents reveal how the hospital maintains that it is “indisputable medical fact” that Nick showed “signs of postmortem deterioration,” and that he had “developed progressive signs of organ failure, including cardiac failure.”

Texas Family Sues Hospital To Keep Brain-Dead Baby Alive
Image via Shutterstock

RELATED: 13-Year-Old Dies From Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba At Florida Water Park

The hospital said that multiple evaluations, including one from the Texas Medical Center, which showed “complete cessation of all spontaneous brain activity,” deeming Nick dead according to state law.

Texas Children’s Hospital informed PEOPLE’s in a statement, “Our hearts are with the entire Torres family as they go through this unimaginable situation. We know losing a child is incredibly difficult for any family. Texas Children’s seeks to provide the most compassionate and appropriate care possible to every patient we serve.”

Kevin Acevedo, the Torres’ attorney, told CNN that the case is “about life and death, what we believe and who gets to choose when a child is taken off life support.”

“Do the parents choose, or do the doctors choose? And when the doctors don’t agree with the parents, who gets to decide?” Acevedo said. “And those are the issues that are at the heart of this case.”

About Mamas Uncut

Mamas Uncut is the place for moms online. We cover the latest news around motherhood and parenting, plus entertainment news as well – all with a mom-focused twist. Looking for parenting advice? We have plenty of it, all for moms, from moms. Our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for. We don’t stop there though, we have expert advice on a range of topics, and all of our categories get updated multiple times a day, so if there’s one website for moms you need to bookmark, it’s Mamas Uncut. We cover it all, from the latest and trendiest baby names, in the US and all over the world, to advice for moms in the workplace, or mom to mom advice on balancing it all. Looking for an answer to a specific question you’ve have? Head over to our new answers section, where you can ask questions on a nearly endless amount of topics, and you’ll get answers fast – really fast. Mamas Uncut is more than just the place for moms, it’s the community of moms – all here to help, make friends, and more. Not sure where to start? Take a look at one of our key topic areas like Pregnancy or Relationships – if you’re looking for advice on a specific topic, there’s a pretty good chance that we’ve already written on it (a few times), or that it’s within our answers section. If you don’t have time to read the site every day, we also have a newsletter that you can control how often you want to receive – that way we send all of the must-see content for moms directly to your inbox – it’s that easy. So go ahead and take a look around, ask a question, or just keep reading, we’re glad you’re here.

.

Leave a Comment