Texas hospital asks state appeals court to take action to overturn ruling requiring it to continue providing life-sustaining treatment to toddler who doctors say is suffering and failing ‘will never recover
FORT WORTH, Texas – A hospital in Texas is asking a state appeals court to take action to overturn a decision requiring it to continue providing life-sustaining treatment to a toddler who doctors say , suffers and will never recover.
The Cook Children’s Medical Center filed an appeal on April 16 asking the 48th Fort Worth District Court to quickly set a new trial date to decide whether 2-year-old Tinslee Lewis should be removed from the resuscitation system.
The Fort Worth Hospital said it has spent $ 24 million in Medicaid funds to keep Tinslee alive and his condition is only getting worse. The hospital says Tinslee can only feel pain.
Tinslee was born with rare heart disease and the hospital said it had made “extreme efforts” to keep her alive. She is breathing on a ventilator and is sedated but conscious.
In several court proceedings, medics have said Tinslee has no chance of recovery and that every day is torture for her, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
“While this case was never about the money – and Cook Children’s never considered finances when making an end-of-life decision, the State of Texas (per l “intermediary of its manager of a Medicaid care program) is now threatening to intervene in this matter. litigation”, according to the appeal file.
Tinslee’s mother, Trinity Lewis, along with family members and activist groups, have argued for two years that Tinslee deserves to live and that only a parent has the right to decide whether or when medical care should end.
Responding to Cook Children’s call, Lewis reiterated that the hospital shouldn’t be able to decide Tinslee’s fate. She said her daughter has been more alert and active lately and that she believes her daughter may be recovering.
Tinslee’s care is paid for through a special Texas Medicaid program known as Texas STAR Children, the hospital said in a brief. The state hired a third party to determine whether Texas should spend taxpayer dollars on Tinslee’s care “when such care is medically unnecessary, well beyond the applicable medical standard of care, and cannot be afforded” impact on its underlying condition, ”according to the hospital.
The hospital asked the court to set a trial date for July 26.