HOUSTON, Texas– A father broke the law to buy more time with his ‘brain dead’ son, who is now alive and well.
KPRC reports that last January, George Pickering II took a gun to the hospital where his son was being kept on life support, and was involved in a standoff with police.
Pickering said his son, George Pickering III, had suffered a massive stroke. Pickering told KPRC that doctors said his son was “brain dead” and a “vegetable” and they were slowly removing him from life support.
But, Pickering said the doctors were moving too fast. “I knew if I had three or four hours that night that I would know whether George was brain dead or not,” he said.
During the standoff, which lasted several hours, Pickering said his son squeezed his hand three or four times. That’s when Pickering surrendered.
Amazingly, his son recovered from the stroke and is fine today. “There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. I’m here now because of it,” said Pickering’s son, George III.
Pickering was sentenced to time served in jail for the standoff.
The hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, sent the following statement to KPRC:
“We appreciate the opportunity to be included in your story. Physicians use their medical knowledge and experience to develop a patient’s plan of care and these actions save lives each day. When a patient’s condition makes them unable to participate in their own care, the appropriate substitute decision-maker has the right to decide whether or not they will move forward with a recommended care plan. However, that decision must be expressed in a way that does not endanger other patients or caregivers. Due to strict privacy laws, we are unable to comment about individual patients, but we encourage you to contact local law enforcement for a complete picture of the events that took place.”