FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A 9-year-old girl North Texas girl will now stay on life support, until at least the middle of next week.
Doctors have said Payton Summons is brain dead after she developed a tumor that cut off her circulation, but her parents are fighting a legal battle to keep her breathing.
“She has more time to live. We wanted to come here today to extend her life and that’s what we did, essentially,” said her parent’s attorney.
Her parents won a temporary restraining order to keep machines plugged in, that are keeping her alive, giving them time to find another hospital and doctor willing to treat her. They haven’t found one yet, and neither side could come to an agreement Friday, on the terms of moving her if they do.
“There are some preconditions we have to work out with the hospital but, you know, this is something we have to sit down at the table and have a discussion about, but as of right now i think everything is still on the table.”
Her parents have legal help, Cook Children’s Hospital as well, and now Payton does too.
Her attorney, appointed by the judge Friday, is there just to look out for Payton’s interests, and he has until Wednesday to understand everything involved in the decision.
They will meet again Wednesday morning to talk about Payton’s situation again.
Cook Children’s sent CBS 11 News the following statement:
As a matter of patient privacy, we are no longer allowed to speak to the specifics of this case. What we can tell you is that when a child is brought to Cook Children’s for treatment, we recognize that the family is putting their trust in us. We use every resource we have to support families. Our nurses and physicians are on the front line of exceptional care, however, the care we provide includes many other services including pastoral care, patient advocacy, social work, child life and many others whose job is to provide spiritual and emotional support to our families. It is our continued pledge to do the very best for each and every child, with compassion for each and every family.
If there’s no agreement in place, then a hearing is expected on the restraining order that for right now, is keeping the hospital from taking Payton off the ventilator.