North Texas Child On Life Support For Nearly 4 Weeks Has Died

Elias Hubbard
October 21, 2018

A nine-year-old girl at the centre of a life support battle in Texas has "passed naturally", her parents say.

Payton Summons' heart stopped beating around 8:30 p.m. Friday according to her family's attorney Justin A. Moore.

In a second tweet, Moore clarified that Payton's heart stopped beating on its own, and she was never taken off life support.

A spokeswoman for Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Payton Summons died Friday evening. "Out of respect for Payton and her parents we feel it inappropriate to comment at this time".

Doctors had wanted to remove her from her ventilator but her parents obtained a court order forcing the Fort Worth hospital to keep her alive.

Cook Children's had appealed a judge's October 15 decision to extend an order to keep her on life support until Monday.

Summons was admitted to Cook Children's Medical Center on September 25 after going into cardiac arrest.

Doctors had first planned to take the girl off life support October 1, but State District Judge Melody Wilkinson granted a 14-day temporary restraining order that day. The attorneys argued such measures were "medically, ethically and morally repugnant".

The decision granted the family an additional week to find a healthcare facility that would care for the girl.

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