Critical day in battle for Tinslee's life

Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with stethoscopeA Texas mother continues a battle to save the life of her baby, in spite of Texas law.


UPDATE: The chief justice of the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio granted more time for Baby Tinslee before issuing a formal ruling on a temporary injunction that would prevent the hospital from pulling the plug against her mother's will. The infant is now protected from euthanasia until January 2, 2020.


Kimberlyn Schwartz of Texas Right to Life has been following the case of Trinity Lewis, the mother of her 10-month-old daughter, Tinslee. A court hearing in the case is scheduled for today in Fort Worth.

"[Tinslee] has congenital heart disease but her condition is not fatal," the pro-lifer tells OneNewsNow. "Her hospital has decided to pull the plug against her mother's will under the deadly 10-day rule."

That's part of the Texas Advance Directives Act, which allows a hospital ethics board to decide whether to either continue treatment of a patient or issue the 10-day rule forcing parents to find another medical facility. At the end of that period, the hospital – in this case, Cook County Hospital – can withdraw medical treatment of the patient.

A court issued a temporary restraining order which kept the child alive to this date.

"And now," Schwartz informs, "a hearing is set [for today] regarding whether Tinslee can have a temporary injunction pending a full trial that would either grant more time for Tinslee or would allow the hospital to pull the plug on this baby against her mother's will."

Meanwhile, Texas Right to Life is continuing to search for a medical facility and doctors who can provide appropriate treatment for the baby, and is getting paperwork ready once one is located to expedite a transfer.


12/16/2019 - Update added.

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