Robert (24) was training to become a Navy SEAL to defend our country when he blacked out in the pool during practice. Paramedics attempted CPR until he arrived at the hospital where his heart was restarted.
However, he remained in a coma. Robert’s heart could beat without assistance, and soon he could breathe over the ventilator, an indication that he was improving. Despite this, the hospital committee started the 10 days without including Robert’s parents at all.
The hospital even went so far as to forge Robert’s father’s signature on organ donation papers. His parents were unable to find another hospital to which to transfer their son, so they took Robert home and provided him with a ventilator machine themselves.
Robert passed away at home with his family.
The Texas 10-Day Rule allows hospitals to pull the plug on patients against their will – a form of involuntary euthanasia. Senate Bill 2089 by Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) would have protected these Texans from the 10-Day Rule in the Texas Advance Directives Act.
Before another Texan is victimized by this process, the Texas Legislature must listen to the only stakeholders who actually matter: families victimized by the current law. For their sake, and for the protection of all future Texas families, the Legislature must repeal the 10-Day Rule. Click here to tell your legislators in Austin to end the 10-Day Rule!