Texas hospital starving patient against family wishes

Texas Right to Life denounced the decision by physicians to allegedly eliminate hydration and feeding of a patient under their care in a Texas hospital. According to the group, the hospital has refused to allow the patient and his family to take him to a nearby hospice for care. A March 20 news release from Texas Right to Life, “Willie breathed on his own through the night, but he is being dehydrated and starved to death.  Because he hasn’t been fed or watered, his heart rate is dangerously low.  After he breathed steadily last night, the hospital discussed hospice with the family.  Now however, the facility is waiting for his heart to give out since his heart rate has diminished and will not revisit hospice care.”

Furthermore, declared the group, “They are now actively killing him, more so than yesterday.”  The statement came from Elizabeth Graham, the director of Texas Right to Life.
Texas Right to Life says that the patient is a man named William, who as yet has not been further identified. The group said the hospital is located in northwest Houston, which is not yet further identified. The statement said, “Willie breathed on his own through the night, but he is being dehydrated and starved to death.  Because he hasn’t been fed or watered, his heart rate is dangerously low.  After he breathed steadily last night, the hospital discussed hospice with the family.  Now however, the facility is waiting for his heart to give out since his heart rate has diminished and will not revisit hospice care.

The statement continued, “They are now actively killing him, more so than yesterday.” The group alleged that the physicians “pulled the plug on a patient whose family called me at the 11th hour, pleading to me to save their father's life. Despite the family's desperation to save their father, and everything Texas Right to Life did for them, the hospital's death panel decided to proceed and kill him.”

Texas Right to Life says that the patient is suffering from leukaemia, complicated by pneumonia.  Taken for emergency surgery, he told his daughter before being sedated, "Fight for me, baby; I ain't done living." The man’s family had medical power of attorney and instructed the medical staff to continue their father’s medical care and treatment.
However, according to the group, physicians at the hospital decided last week that the patient’s family should either take him to another hospital or they would suspend hydration and feeding.

Trusting that their father had adequate health insurance, they asked the social worker at the hospital to arrange for a transfer. However, as the deadline approached they were told that no other hospital in the area would accept him. The family determined that the social worker had described their father as “one who had no hope of meaningful recovery, one whose quality of life was gone, one with no dignity due to his illness and disability.” As of March 19, according to Texas Right to Life, hydration and other treatment had been removed, even while the patient is now breathing on his own and has adequate medical insurance. The patient has yet to be transferred to another hospital or to hospice care.

Info: TexasRightToLife.com

 

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