Eleven-month-old Tinslee Lewis was born prematurely and suffers from an unusual heart condition, as well as chronic lung disease and severe chronic high blood pressure. Since going into respiratory arrest back in July, tiny Tinslee has been connected to a respirator that regulates her heart rate while keeping her sedated.
According to staff at Cook Children's Medical Center (CCMC), Tinslee is probably suffering from severe pain as well, despite having been put into a medically paralyzed state. And because of this, the facility has been trying to cut off Tinslee's life supply and basically kill her because they say she will never get any better.
Tinslee's mother Trinity Lewis believes otherwise, and has been pushing to keep her daughter on life support in the hopes that the child will miraculously see better days. But Judge Sandee Bryan Marion from the Tarrant County District Court has ruled otherwise.
As it turns out, Texas has what's known as a "10-day-rule" that allows hospitals and medical facilities to override the wishes of parents in removing life support from a terminally sick family member.
"The law stipulates that if the hospital's ethics committee agrees with doctors, treatment can be withdrawn after 10 days if a new provider can't be found to take the patient," reports Liberty Headlines.
Staff at CCMC say they had already contacted more than 20 other medical facilities to see if they would take Tinslee, only to have all of them agree that providing further care to the child would be futile. Based on this assessment, Judge Marion sided with CCMC in deciding that Tinslee's life is no longer worth trying to save.
"I feel frustrated because anyone in that courtroom would want more time just like I do if Tinslee were their baby," stated Trinity, Tinslee's heartbroken mother, in an official statement issued by the pro-life Texas Right to Life group.
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Trinity had testified last month at a hearing about how Tinslee isn't in as bad of shape as CCMC employees are claiming. She says that Tinslee is "sassy" and expresses what she likes and dislikes – Tinslee apparently likes the animated musical Trolls, but doesn't like to have her hair brushed. This would suggest that Tinslee isn't the chronic pain-afflicted vegetable that medical authorities claim she is.
But this wasn't enough to convince Judge Marion that Trinity should be the one to decide when her daughter's life is no longer viable, not some medical bureaucracy that holds to a much more heartless and sterile concept of what it means to provide care.
"I want to be the one to make the decision for her," Lewis lamented about this overruling decision in Texas that obliterated her parental rights as Tinslee's mother.
Reports indicate that Tinslee has had to undergo some seven different surgeries since being admitted to the hospital. For the first five months or her time there, Tinslee was believed to at least have the potential to one day recover from her illnesses, but that hopeful diagnosis was later shattered by what hospital staff say has amounted to an inevitable non-recovery.
"She is in pain," stated Dr. Jay Duncan, one of Tinslee's physicians, at that same hearing. "Changing a diaper causes pain. Suctioning her breathing tube causes pain. Being on the ventilator causes pain."
"We care a lot about Tinslee," Duncan further stated. "We care a lot about her family."
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