A Texas judge has ruled that a hospital in Fort Worth can take an 11-month-old girl off life support, despite the girl’s family not desiring to do so, NBC News reports.
The judge ruled that Cook Children’s Medical Center can take 11-month-old Tinslee Lewis off of life support, despite her family’s desires not to do so. They have stated that they plan to appeal the decision.
Lewis was born prematurely with a serious heart defect and has not left the hospital since her birth. Doctors also say that the girl is in “significant pain” and has to be heavily sedated.
They have released a statement saying the decision will allow them “to make the most compassionate and medically appropriate decisions for Tinslee as she struggles in pain to survive each day.”
“Our medical judgment is that Tinslee should be allowed to pass naturally and peacefully rather than artificially kept alive by painful treatments,” the statement continued. “Even with the most extraordinary measures the medical team is taking, Tinslee continues to suffer.”