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Judge rules against mother of sick baby

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/02/20, 01:03 pm

A Texas hospital can remove an 11-month-old girl from life support against her mother’s wishes, a judge ruled Thursday. Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth said it would wait seven days to do anything, giving Trinity Lewis, Tinslee Lewis’ mother, time to appeal.

Who is Tinslee Lewis? She was born prematurely on Feb. 1 and has been in the hospital since then with a rare heart defect, chronic lung disease, and severe high blood pressure. She stopped breathing in early July and has since required sedation, ventilation, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, in which a machine oxygenates the blood in place of the heart and lungs. Her mother said that despite her sedation, Tinslee smiles, stares, and squeezes her hand. Her care team does not think those actions are purposeful and says Tinslee is in constant pain and will never recover.

Dig deeper: Read Mary Jackson’s report in Vitals about the legal and ethical ramifications of Tinslee’s case.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Narissara
    Posted: Thu, 01/02/2020 06:34 pm

    Statutes like this are the death panels Obama and his cronies said would never materialize!  How many times do we have to be lied to before we figure out the state with its government knows best attitude does not have the people's best interests at heart?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/03/2020 03:33 pm

    The problem is, many of our “elites” do believe they have our best interests at heart, in the sense of “society’s” best interests, or mankind’s best interest. To the left, the “elites,” the academics, the socio-psych-medico-poly/sci graduates of the “best” colleges, most of us are ignorant of what is best for us and have to be “guided.”   Deception and tyranny in the name of “the greater good” are not sins, but simply necessary means of “improving” mankind. 

    It is no accident this group also has controlled our public education system for over a century. 

    To them,we are not individuals, we are the masses. Individually, we have no importance. We are simply cells in a huge organism, replaced as we wear out; we are tools in the hands of skilled technicians, again, easily replaced as needed. 

    So we are to be kept fed and entertained so as to keep us compliant and useful. As technology makes more and more of us unnecessary for producing goods and services, I have to wonder if the elites in fact anticipate being able to simply dispose of us. 

    One might even begin to suspect this kind of thinking is the basis for a wide variety of movements, including easy and instant access to abortion, legalizing drugs, eliminating citizen possession of firearms, and lifestyle restrictions in the name of stopping “catastrophic climate change.”

    But I’m just an old cynic, right?