FROM HUMAN LIFE ALLIANCE
Please pray for a man who is in a hospital in Fort Worth, TX. The hospital ethics committee issued a “medical futility” judgment against his wife’s wishes on Thursday, January 16. In accord with Texas law, his wife was given just 10 days to find an appropriate facility that will admit and care for him. He has to be moved before the 10 days are up or all medical treatment will be withdrawn, including food and fluids administered via tube. Today (Jan. 20), the wife was notified that another facility has turned them down–which makes seven, so far, that have been approached, but have refused to accept him.
The man cannot speak, but he opens his eyes and turns his head to see his wife when she speaks to him. He was recovering from a previous cardiac arrest and open-heart surgery in September, but recently had another heart attack and was oxygen deprived for too long, causing brain damage. His wife, who clearly loves him dearly and just wants him to live, understands the “medical futility” ruling is a death sentence unless he can be transferred to a facility that will provide the care and treatment he needs to continue to live. He has a tracheotomy and a feeding tube and requires kidney dialysis.
Please pray for this couple and for those who are trying to help them as they search for an appropriate medical facility that will care for him.
KASSIE MARKS COMMENTS
Dear Bishop Gracide,
This was not from Texas Life Alliance. It was a report written by me (I am working directly with the family, along with Texas Right to Life) and send out by HUMAN LIFE ALLIANCE. I am chair of the Pro-life Healthcare Alliance, a program of Human Life Alliance. Please correct this error. Thanks so much.
Julie Grimstad, Chair Pro-life Healthcare Alliance, a program of Human Life Alliance.