A Houston, Texas man who was shown in a shocking video begging and praying to stay alive has died after his family battled hospital officials who wanted to pull the plug on him without his or their consent. Chris Dunn had received national attention over a video showing him begging and praying to stay alive and to not have Methodist Hospital remove his life-sustaining medical treatment that it wanted to remove.
Methodist Hospital had invoked the statutory process found in the Texas Advanced Directives Act (TADA-Chapter 166.046 of the Health & Safety Code), which allows the hospital to override medical directives of a patient and provide only ten days’ notice before involuntarily withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.
Even if a patient is conscious, able to communicate, walk, or pay for his own care, Texas law authorizes hospitals and physicians to override the medical decisions of a patient and remove care, including food and water, after providing the required ten days’ notice.
Officials with Texas Right to Life kept LifeNews.com informed of the battle and their efforts to help Dunn’s family employ its only recourse: to find another facility that would offer him an ICU bed. Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother and a LifeNews blogger, had also been working with the pro-life group to assist Dunn and his family.
Sadly, before the pro-life group had a chance to get Dunn to a hospital that would provide him appropriate medical care and treatment, Dunn passed away. He died around 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday.
Medical experts did not expect Dunn to live long and thought the family needed to explore end-of-life options, but a compelling cell phone video had pro-life activists shouting otherwise.
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Dunn’s family used a YouTube video to argue that he can communicate.
“You can ask him questions. Yes or no. He’ll answer nodding yes or no,” Dunn’s sister, Holly Gomez, said.
She said her brother was a healthy 46-year-old whose life took a nose-dive in October.
“There was no definitive diagnosis of what was wrong with him, outside of there’s a mass on his pancreas,” Gomez said.
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