The desperate parents of a 9-year-old cancer-stricken girl are waging a court fight to prevent Texas doctors from removing their daughter from life support, but their quest to keep her breathing has now turned into a race against time.
Hoping for a miracle, the parents of Payton Summons obtained a restraining order this week to keep her on a ventilator at Cook Children‘s Medical Center in Fort Worth, giving them what they thought was 14 days to arrange care for her elsewhere.
“They’re hopeful for any positive sign that emanates itself, whether it’s a miracle or whether it be a judicial remedy.
Courtesy the family of Payton SummonsThe parents of 9-year-old Payton Summons has taken a Texas hospital to court in an attempt to prevent doctors at Cook Children‘s Medical Center in Fort Worth from removing their cancer-strick girl from life support.
The girl’s parents, Tiffany Hofstetter and Joseph Summons, went to court to seek a restraining order to prevent doctors from removing Payton from life support and give them time to find another medical facility that will continue to treat her.
Judge Melody Wilkinson of the 17th District Court in Tarrant County, Texas, granted the temporary restraining order on Oct.
1 and just before it expired the judge extended it until 6 p.m.
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“There is no treatment that can be provided for her at Cook Children’s or any other facility that will change that,” the hospital statement reads. “To maintain a dead person on mechanical ventilation and insist – in fact, order – that healthcare providers continue treating a deceased, deteriorating body is medically, ethically, and morally wrong.
Moore said he and the legal team for Payton’s parents were given until Thursday afternoon to file a response to the hospital‘s appeal of Wilkinson’s order. Moore said the hospital asked for an expedited hearing, which could be scheduled as early as Friday.
“So, they’ve been reinvigorated by that. They’re doing their due diligence to try and find a facility now.