The case of Tinslee Lewis, a Fort Worth toddler with severe heart defects who is being kept alive at Cook Children’s Medical Center, will be heard before a Tarrant County court, the i">>Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
On Jan. 25, the court will consider the central question: Who gets to decide whether she lives or dies — her mother, or the doctors in charge of her care? Tinslee was born in February 2019 with a rare condition called Ebstein’s Anomaly and has been hospitalized ever since.
The case became a cause célèbre for anti-abortion groups like Texas Right to Life, which successfully headed efforts that resulted in a Tarrant County judge signing a restraining order against the hospital before doctors could halt Tinslee’s treatment.
The hospital’s ethics committee had ruled that it would be inappropriate to continue treating Tinslee, deriving its power from the Texas Advanced Directives Act, a 1999 law that allows the committee to make decisions when doctors and patients disagree on end-of-life care.
Tinslee’s condition, which affects only about 1 out of every 10,000 babies, means her right heart valve sits lower than normal, meaning the heart cannot pump properly and causing blood to flow backward through the heart. The left side of the heart works harder, causing that side to enlarge and the heart to weaken. Her lungs were also underdeveloped, resulting in additional stress on her lungs and heart.
Lawyers for the hospital said in court documents last year that Tinslee is “suffering and in pain,” that her body has become stiff because she is unable to move, and that her brain functions are permanently impaired because of her treatment. “There remains no hope for recovery,” the court filings say.
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