Texas Judge Rules That Hospital Can Take Infant Off Life Support


A Texas judge ruled on Thursday that a hospital’s plan to remove an 11-month-old girl from life support over her family’s objections could proceed, the latest twist in a case that has drawn notice from conservatives around the state.

The child, Tinslee Lewis, was born prematurely and suffers from a rare heart defect and other health issues, according to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, where she had been treated for 11 months. Doctors there had done everything possible to save Tinslee’s life, but ultimately concluded that they could not do so, the hospital said in a statement.

The case has become a rallying cry for conservative politicians and some religious groups, and Tinslee’s mother, Trinity Lewis, has received legal support from the group Texas Right to Life, according to its website. The group opposes what’s known as the 10-day rule, a state policy that puts a temporary stop on the withdrawal of life support if a family objects. Some opponents of the policy object to the hospital, rather than the family, having the final say over whether life support is removed at the end of the 10-day delay.

Karen Zraick

2020-01-02 16:52:57

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