Parents of a two-year-old California boy declared brain dead are waiting on courts to determine whether their child will be allowed to live.
Israel Stinson suffered an asthma attack that resulted in a heart attack and brain damage. Doctors at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Roseville declared him brain dead, although two experts hired by the parents contend that diagnosis is not correct, and the struggle began to find another facility to care for him.
Doctors were to remove his ventilator last Friday, but Pacific Justice Institute took the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
PJI attorney Brad Dacus says the 9th Circuit has requested additional documentation.
"Specifically for the purpose to validate that there is an alternative medical facility that will take and care for this little toddler. That is what we're doing right now," he tells OneNewsNow.
That facility has been lined up, so Dacus was asked if that means the child will be allowed to live.
"For the time being, yes," he replies. "Israel can stay on the ventilator so his life can be sustained, and we're hopeful the 9th Circuit, as an act of basic humanity and decency as well as respect for the rights of parents, will in the end allow Israel to have his life sustained and continued for the future."
The boy has reportedly shown movement, especially when his parents have addressed him by name.