Tinslee Lewis, 3, leaves the hospital at the center of the fight for life support after nearly 3 years in Fort Worth, Texas
Texas Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, this week said Tinslee Lewis’ health has “steadily improved” to the point that she was released from Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth on Monday. April 7.
“It’s encouraging to see that the family and hospital have worked so hard together for Tinslee to benefit and really get home,” Texas Right to Life spokeswoman Kimberlyn Schwartz said Wednesday.
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The case has been in court since November 2019, when the hospital planned to remove Tinslee from life support after invoking Texas’s so-called “10-day rule”. The law may apply when a family disagrees with a doctor about withholding life-sustaining treatment.
The law states that if the hospital’s ethics committee agrees with the doctors, treatment can be withdrawn after 10 days, as long as no new provider can be found to take the patient in.
Texas Right to Life spokeswoman Kimberlyn Schwartz said that over the past year “the hospital and the family have worked well together.”
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Tinslee has been hospitalized since giving birth prematurely in February 2019. The hospital said she was born with a rare heart defect, chronic lung disease and severe chronic high blood pressure. The hospital said the girl was placed on a ventilator several months after birth after breathing stopped.
Schwartz says that doctors eventually switched Tinslee from mouth breathing to a tracheostomy. “It helped improve her health to the point where she was able to go home,” says Schwartz.
She said Tinslee, currently being treated with a portable ventilator, is cared for by nurses 24 hours a day at home.
A statement from Cook Children’s Health Care Systems released this week said: “The medical teams at Cook Children have dedicated their lives to curing children’s illnesses and tirelessly strive to do so. What they believe in their hearts and minds becomes the best decision for each patient.”
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About two months after the court proceedings, Lewis revoked the hospital’s license to speak about Tinslee.
In the Texas Right to Life statement, Lewis thanked “everyone who has come together to help my daughter” including her attorneys, doctors at Cook Children, Texas Right to Life and Protect TX Fragile Kids .
“We have been cherishing and enjoying Tinslee as home,” Lewis said.
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