Life has more value than a company's profit margin. A California child's situation is being cited as just such a case.
Two-year-old Israel Stinson suffered brain damage during an asthma attack because of a lack of oxygen. He was moved from one hospital to Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, where doctors tested him, determined he was brain-dead, and – were it not for court intervention – would have removed life-sustaining equipment.
Brad Dacus heads Pacific Justice Institute, an organization that provided legal assistance in a Monday hearing.
"We presented to the court evidence from two medical experts supporting the fact that the baby was not brain dead and [that] it was far too premature for Kaiser Permanente to be so presumptuous as to assume that the child was brain dead and take the life of the child," the attorney shares.
Dacus calls it a classic example of what many people have feared would happen more and more: "Hospitals choosing to put money over human life," he states.
"This little two-year-old has exhibited evidence of not being brain-dead," Dacus continues. "To presume that the child is brain-dead in view of this evidence is outright irresponsible and a breach of common humanity."
The court has extended its deadline to May 11 at which time the parents are hopeful they can find a facility to care for Israel, keep him alive, and eventually take him home to care for his needs.