A couple from Texas has nine days to find a hospital willing to keep their young daughter- who doctors have declared braindead- on life support.
On Monday a judge signed a temporary restraining order preventing Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth from removing Payton Summons, nine, from life support.
The order was issued in order to give the family more time to find a facility that might better suit the wishes of the parents.
Video shows Payton before a cancerous tumor behind her heart cut off her circulation and left her unconscious.
‘My mom just got done doing my hair and it’s so beautiful,’ she said in the video.
Tiffany Hofstetter, Payton’s mother, said Payton was staying one night with her grandmother when she woke up.
‘She screamed for her (grandma) to help her. And she said that she couldn’t breathe’.
It took medics an hour to get her heart beating again. Two separate tests showed Payton was legally brain dead due to lack of oxygen.
Doctors advised the next step was to take her off life support.
The restraining order will keep Payton on the breathing machine until October 15.
Texas law allows doctors to stop certain life-sustaining measures. But the court said the family can appeal.
At a hearing on Friday, a judge didn’t rule on the order but instead appointed an independent attorney to represent Payton.
‘The timeline is up in the air but she has more time to live so this is what we have,’ said Justin Moore, the family’s attorney.
He said: ‘The court believes it’s in the best interest of Payton Summons that we have an independent third party to represent her interest’.
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Source: USA Today