Hospital Seeks New Trial to Remove Tinslee Lewis From Life Support – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A Texas hospital is asking a state appeals court to take steps to overturn a ruling that forced it to continue offering life support to an infant that doctors say is in pain and will never recover.
Cook Children’s Medical Center appealed on April 16, urging the Fort Worth 48th District Court to quickly reschedule the trial to determine whether 2-year-old Tinslee Lewis should be excluded from life support.
The Fort Worth Hospital said it spent $ 24 million in Medicaid funds to keep Tinslee alive and that her condition is only getting worse. The hospital says Tinslee can’t feel anything but pain.
Tinslee was born with a rare heart condition and the hospital said it made “extreme efforts” to keep her alive. She breathes with the help of a ventilator and is calm but conscious.
In multiple court cases, doctors testified that Tinslee had no chance of recovery and that every day was excruciating for her, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
“While this case was never about money – and Cook Children’s never thought about finances when deciding on the end of life – the state of Texas (through its Medicaid nursing program manager) is now threatening to take a back seat to the problem this dispute, “according to the complaint.
Tinslee’s mother, Trinity Lewis, as well as family members and activist groups have argued for two years that Tinslee deserves life and that only one parent has the right to decide whether or when to end medical care.
In response to Cook Children’s appeal, Lewis reiterated that the hospital should not be able to determine Tinslee’s fate. She said her daughter has been more alert and active lately and she thinks it is possible that her daughter will recover.
Tinslee’s care is paid for through a special Texas Medicaid program known as the Texas STAR Children, the hospital said in a letter. The state hired a third party to investigate whether Texas should spend taxpayers’ money on Tinslee’s care “when such care is medically futile, far beyond medical standards, and cannot affect her underlying condition,” the hospital said .
The hospital asked the court to set a date for the trial on July 26th.