Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, where parents were taken to court in order for hospital to perform potentially life saving open heart surgery. Photo via public domain.
A Texas Judge has shot down a parental decision to withhold life saving treatment from their infant son, Gabriel Zepeda, 2-months-old. The infant is in need of heart surgery and blood transfusions in order to sustain his life. The baby’s parents, who have not yet been identified, are Jehovah’s Witness and refused the treatment based on the rules of their faith.
Dr. Douglas Moodie, a Pediatric Cardiologist, petitioned the court to intervene, stating the boy would likely die without the surgery. Moodie, testified by phone, saying that the infant was born with holes in his heart and his cardiovascular system was ‘quickly flooding his lungs with blood’.
According to the Houston Chronicle, most hospitals have the ability to perform ‘bloodless’ operations, but in this case, the Dr. Moodie said he wanted blood as a backup in case of an emergency.
Gabriel is said to be in ‘good condition’, according to a hospital spokesperson. It is not known if the surgery has been performed yet. The court order allows the hospital to perform the surgery with necessary precautions until May 23.
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