UPDATE, 01/06/2020: Tinslee Lewis has been granted emergency relief, according to NBC News. The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth has ruled that Cook Children’s Medical Center must keep Tinslee on life support while the appeal is pending. The date of the appeal has not yet been set, giving Tinslee more time.
Texas Right to Life responded by saying they were “grateful and relieved” to hear the emergency stay had been granted. “This gives us so much hope for Tinslee,” Kimberlyn Schwartz, a Texas Right to Life spokeswoman, said to NBC News. “This is a prayer answered.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton likewise applauded the ruling on Twitter, and asked people to pray for little Tinslee.
BREAKING: Thankful the Fort Worth Court of Appeals granted baby Tinslee emergency relief today, while this legal issue is being resolved. Please, continue to pray for this baby and her family. #savebabytinslee
— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) January 4, 2020
ORIGINAL ARTICLE, 01/02/2020: Judge Sandee Marion, Chief Justice of the 4th Court of Appeals, denied Tinslee Lewis a temporary injunction today, allowing Cook Children’s Medical Center to turn off her life support and let the 11-month-old baby girl die. The family says they will appeal the decision.
As previously reported by Live Action News, little Tinslee was born in February 2019 with medical concerns, and in July, was placed on life support at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The hospital enacted the state’s 10-Day Rule, which gives family’s just ten days to find a new facility to care for their loved one before the hospital removes life support and the patient dies. Thanks to a temporary restraining order issued in November, Tinslee is still alive and at Cook Children’s.
But now, Marion has ruled that the hospital can remove her life support, and they plan to do so in just seven days.
“I am heartbroken over today’s decision because the judge basically said Tinslee’s life is NOT worth living,” her mother Trinity Lewis said in a statement shared by Texas Right to Life. “I feel frustrated because anyone in that courtroom would want more time just like I do if Tinslee were their baby. I hope that we can keep fighting through an appeal to protect Tinslee. She deserves the right to live. Please keep praying for Tinslee and thank you for supporting us during this difficult time.”
Tinslee has Ebstein Anomaly – a rare heart defect – and chronic lung disease along with severe chronic pulmonary hypertension. Doctors believe she is in pain and suffering and that there is nothing more that can be done to help her. The family disagrees, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott is supporting them, along with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
“The Attorney General’s office is involved in the ongoing litigation, fighting to see that due process and the right to life are fully respected by Texas law,” the two said in a joint statement. “The Attorney General’s office will be supporting an appeal of this case to the Second Court of Appeals.” They said they will be “working diligently to do all we can to ensure that Tinslee and her family are provided the care and support that they seek.”
Texas Right to Life spokesperson Kim Schwartz told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the hospital’s decision “was not based on whether treatment is or isn’t working. But the bottom line is that the 10-Day Rule allowed a hospital committee to make this life-or-death decision without giving Tinslee due process.”
She added that the 10-Day Rule leaves families in a “race against a countdown to save their loved ones.”
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