Parental Rights

George Pickering II’s son was declared “brain-dead” after he suffered a massive stroke in January. In an effort to buy time for his son, he did the wrong thing for the right reasons. He brought a gun to the hospital to give him time with his son.

“They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, the doctors.They were saying he was brain dead, he was a vegetable, said Pickering. “During that three hours, George squeezed my hand three or four times on command.”

George Pickering II’s son was declared “brain-dead” after he suffered a massive stroke in January 2015.

The hospital ordered a “terminal wean” which is a process that slowly ends a person’s life by removing life support.

George Pickering son HAD signed the donor card.

However, because he was not ready to let go of his son and the hospital staff was moving too quickly (they usually do) his son, George Pickering III, is still alive and well because of it.

“There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. I’m here now because of it,” said Pickering’s son, George III. “It was love, it was love.”

It wasn’t until several weeks after the incident that Pickering’s son said he learned his family was told he was unlikely to recover from his stroke and coma. Pickering said he still has people come up to him and say, “I thought you were dead.”

“It’s the duty of a parent to protect your children and that’s all he did,” said Pickering’s son. “Everything good that made me a man is because of that man sitting next to me.”

Watch the video of the father and son here.

George Pickering II and his dad

Federal Regulations for Organ Donation

The staff at Tomball Regional Medical Center had notified Donate Life Texas an organ procurement organization that Pickering’s son was a donor.

Remember this is Federal law when there is a potential organ donor whether they have signed the organ donor card or not.

In 1984, the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) was signed into law requiring this. OPO staff review the potential donor’s medical condition and history to determine his or her eligibility for donation. The OPO will search the donor registry to determine if the patient is a registered donor.

IF the patient is on the donor list it is an uphill battle for the parents and in most cases especially Trauma 1 hospitals.  The organ donor contract will NOT be violated and the harvesting of the organs will proceed. Occasionally in smaller hospitals they will give the patient a bit more time if the parents are not in favor of the donation.  

Federal law requires timely notification

“Timely notification” means a hospital must contact the OPO by telephone as soon as possible after an individual has died, has been placed on a ventilator due to a severe brain injury, or who has been declared brain dead (ideally within 1 hour). That is, a hospital must notify the OPO while a brain dead or severely brain-injured,  individual is still attached to the ventilator and as soon as possible after the death of any other individual, including a potential non-heart-beating donor. Even if the hospital does not consider an individual who is not on a ventilator to be a potential donor, the hospital MUST call the OPO as soon as possible after the death of that individual has occurred.

(c) Enforcement of OPTN rules—(1) OPTN recommendations. The Board of Directors shall advise the Secretary of the results of any reviews and evaluations conducted under paragraph (b)(1)(iii) or paragraph (b)(3) of this section which, in the opinion of the Board, indicate noncompliance with these rules or OPTN policies, or indicate a risk to the health of patients or to the public safety, and shall provide any recommendations for appropriate action by the Secretary. Appropriate action may include removal of designation as a transplant program under §121.9, termination of a transplant hospital’s participation in Medicare or Medicaid, termination of a transplant hospital’s reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid, termination of an OPO’s reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid, if the noncompliance is with a policy designated by the Secretary as covered by section 1138 of the Social Security Act, or such other compliance or enforcement measures contained in policies developed under§121.4

 The hospital that does NOT notify the Organ Procurement Organization, (“usually within 1 hour”) they can lose their reimbursements. So there you go.

I am thankful this family is together to celebrate Christmas. Even though as stated above I would never recommend taking a gun into a hospital… his son is alive and not dead and they are not grieving this Christmas.

I admit this was bittersweet to read as Jamie also had a stroke and we were told “no hope”, “devastating injury”, “brain dead”, “no one recovers”.  IF I ONLY KNEW THEN, WHAT I KNOW NOW.  Hopefully other families will learn from my experience.



Chris Dunn, a 46 year old former EMT and Homeland Security officer, is fighting to stay alive at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. But he isn’t just fighting for his life, he’s fighting against the hospital’s plans to terminate his life.  Literally fighting a death panel for the right to be alive. In the shocking video below, Chris is asked by his family’s attorneys whether | Read More »

Source: Texas Death Panel Fights To Remove Coherent Patient From Life Support | RedState

I’m not even going to try and make this easier for you to read. It is too important to read it ALL and watch the video so you can actually see with your own eyes, Chris Dunn responding.

I will say it is horrific to be on the vent for 8 weeks when a tracheostomy in his throat should have been done.

I will also say that it is important to KNOW what your local hospitals would do BEFORE it happens. It is called medical futility laws and most hospitals (at least the big teaching and trauma one hospitals do). There are laws on file and you can ask for one or just google it. I found the one at U of M easily online.

William Wilberforce, ““You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

Where There’s Life, There’s Hope

Source: Ben Carson Voices Support for Deliberately Starving and Dehydrating Brain-Injured Patients – Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network

Dr. Ben Carson owes pro-life and medically vulnerable Americans an apology. Similarly, any pro-lifer supporting his campaign should take another look at the candidate’s values.

Speaking to reporters at a Florida Republican Party conference on Friday, November 13, Dr. Carson marginalized Terri Schiavo and other struggling and medically vulnerable patients.

Terri Schiavo, who died on March 31, 2005 from starvation and dehydration, was brain injured but otherwise healthy woman who was not reliant on life support. Michael Schiavo, her estranged husband and guardian, had led a national court case to remove her feeding tube—a means of nourishment which millions of patients rely on every day—in order to end her life almost a decade after warehousing her in a nursing home and suspending rehabilitative care.

When asked by a reporter whether he believed Terri Schiavo deserved Congress’s attempt to halt her court-ordered 13-day death by starvation and dehydration, Dr. Carson blithely responded, “I don’t think it needed to get to that level. I think it was much ado about nothing.”

Dr. Carson continued: “We face those kinds of issues all the time, and while I don’t believe in euthanasia, you have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out,” explaining that “your job [as a doctor] is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up.

Dr. Carson’s advice to doctors “not to treat” brain injured patients is precisely the form of euthanasia that led to the suspension of Schiavo’s rehabilitation and ultimately her court-ordered death.

According to Tom Shakely, executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network:

“Traumatically brain injured patients need intensive rehabilitative care, period. Every day, shocked Americans learn they will have to fight their own doctors and medical providers just to afford their loved ones a shot at recovery in the face of a system increasingly driven by cost-minded MBAs rather than caring MDs. For Dr. Carson to align himself with the bureaucrats is devastating.”

Jahi McMath

A photo of Jahi McMath that the family’s attorney says was taken Oct. 2, 2014. (Courtesy of Christopher Dolan)

Today Wesly Smith posted on his blog that a physician from California who is licensed to exam Jahi has declared she is NOT “brain dead”.

He quoted from the Medical Futility Blog written by Thaddeus Mason Pope.

I’ve been following these blogs for four years as well as reading scientific studies by the people quoted below.I know how they feel about the subject but it is not the point of this post to go into their views of brain death and medical ethics.

Here are the credentials of the physician who examined Jahi.

Since the Certificate of Death was issued, Jahi has been examined by a physician duly licensed to practice in the State of California who is an experienced pediatric neurologist with triple Board Certifications in Pediatrics,  Neurology (with special competence in Child Neurology), and Electroencephalography. 

The physician has a sub-specialty in BRAIN DEATH and has published and lectured extensively on the topic, both nationally and internationally.  This physician has personally examined Jahi and has reviewed a number of her medical records and studies performed, including an MRI/MRA done at Rutgers University Medical Center on September 26, 2014. This doctor has also examined 22 videotapes of Jahi responding to specific requests to respond and move.

The MRI scan of September 26, 2014, is not consistent with chronic brain death MRI scans. Instead, Jahi’s MRI demonstrates vast areas of structurally and relatively preserved brain, particularly in the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum.

Read the entire article here as I’m not going to to into the whole thing but I will comment on the first two commenters. A physician, Dr. Troug and Robert Veach, PhD  that I have referenced several times in my blogs.

Dr. Robert Troug, who has always said brain death is not true death, but still advocated for organ donation ONLY telling the truth to patients families. He believed that if the families knew the truth they would agree to still donate. Dr. Troug is the one responsible for calling brain death a legal fiction.

Regardless of one’s views about brain death, if these developments are correct then this is a bombshell. Given the intensive scrutiny that this case received, I have to believe that she fulfilled all of the standard criteria for the diagnosis of brain death when she was initially diagnosed. In spite of all of the cases reported over the years in the media about patients who “recovered” from brain death, I think we have always been able to say that there has NEVER been a patient correctly diagnosed as being brain dead who has developed neurologically functioning inconsistent with that diagnosis, and I think we have all found that reassuring. But this changes all that. Furthermore, unless her parents had pushed (to an unreasonable extent, in the minds of many) for continuation of life support, we would never have known that this potential existed. Hence, it is not sufficient to say that this is a “one off” case that we can ignore, because we do not know how often this might occur if such support was more often provided. Bob Truog, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Robert Veatch

Dr. Veatch is Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics at Georgetown and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, had this to say concerning Jahi, “If all of this is true, Jahi is clearly alive. Moreover, since death requires irreversible loss of brain functions, she never has been dead. Now, how do we know that all of this is true? It would be helpful to know who the licensed practitioner is. Is it Alan Shewmon? It appears that the family attorney is not trying to argue that she would be alive even if all functions of the entire brain were irreversibly lost as long as the circulatory system continued to function. Some of us think that is a defensible position (even if we do not personally hold it for our own deaths.”

“The claims amount two observations: that she is responsive to verbal commands and that she has hormonal and other activity in the hypothalamus or pituitary. The responsiveness claim is, in some ways, more interesting because it leads to a direct rejection of the standard tests for death based on brain criteria and, in fact, is a claim that she not only has brain function, but it at least minimally conscious. Clearly, the full set of tests for death based on brain function need to be repeated in a credible way.”

I know a lot of you follow this blog and aren’t going to be AS excited about this as I am, neither do your realize the implications of what this could mean. Already some of those in the organ donation industry are questioning IF the video was edited, (sounds like Planned Parenthood, right?) Or the fact that she COULD have already had her period.

Let me tell you plain and simple corpse’s don’t move, menstruate, deliver babies or have ANY blood flow. 

Oh, I expect the rebuttal of this from many who benefit from your organs being harvested. This is just the beginning. But the fact is Jahi is alive and the hospital and those who examined her and all the thousands of people who are declared “brain dead” every year are wrong.

Definition of Irreversible ComaUp until 1968, when the committee of 14 men came up with the term “brain death” for someone in a deep coma we had ONE definition of death.

An individual who has sustained irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions. 

Your organs need oxygen to be kept alive or vital.

That is why someone pronounced dead on the side of road, does not have vital organs. You must have oxygen to keep those organs alive to be transplanted into a person.

Now the Uniform Definition of Death Act NOW says this, An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem, is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.

I am sick and tired of young people going to get their drivers license and NOT being told what they are signing up for. A quick conversation with the lady at the counter and you have signed a legally binding document. It may sound altruistic at the time but let me tell you when you are in a hospital and your loved one is seriously injured you see it differently.

It is not so easy when you are in the hospital and talking to medical doctors about your loved one being cut open from the sternum down WITH YOUR HEART STILL BEATING and you KNOW they had no clue what they were signing up for.

Dr Byrne and Missy Caulk I was with Dr. Byrne at a conference on Brain Death in Livonia this past year. He has seen Jahi several times and told me again, “Jahi, is not dead.”

Dr. Byrne was is a neonatologist and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. He is past President of the Catholic Medical Association. He is the producer of the film Continuum of Life and the author of Life, Life Support and Death, Beyond Brain Death, and Brain Death is Not Death.

“When organs are removed from a “brain dead” donor, all the vital signs of the “donors” are still present prior to the harvesting of organs, such as: normal body temperature and blood pressure; the heart is beating; vital organs, like the liver and kidneys, are functioning; and the donor is breathing with the help of a ventilator.”

You might want to read some other success stories that I have blogged about over the years. I have a good one coming up that happened right here in the U.S.

In the opinion of the pediatric neurologist who has examined Jahi, having spent hours with her and reviewed numerous videotapes of her, that time has proven that Jahi has not followed the trajectory of imminent total body deterioration and collapsed that was predicted back in December of 2013, based on the diagnosis of brain death.

Her brain is alive in the neuropathological sense and it is not necrotic. At this time, Jahi does not fulfill California’s statutory definition of death, which requires the irreversible absence of all brain function, because she exhibits hypothalamic function and intermittent responsiveness to verbal commands. 

Please email me if you want me to send you the card to Protect and Preserve Your Life IF you are ever incapacitated and can’t speak on your own behalf Include your mailing address and I will put it in the mail asap for you. I will also include a pamphlet The Truth About Organ Donation. Carry it with you and tell your family your wishes.

Remember they want Jahi to die, and have for two years because IF she continues to improve the whole concept of  “brain death” will fall apart.

Print this card and carry it with you 




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Kyle Dantzler

I read a post tonight on about this young man named Kyle Dantzler. What a medical nightmare. The post was written by Bobby Schindler whose sister Terry Schiavo was starved to death.

I invite you to consider the situation involving 32-year-old, African-American, Kyle Dantzler.

When Kyle was 29 years of age, he needed kidney and liver transplants. Subsequent to this, in 2013, Kyle was having some health issues and was admitted to a leading university hospital in Philadelphia.

Kyle’s mom, Bridgette Henson who lived near Atlanta, took temporary residence in Philadelphia and would visit her son daily. Soon after he was admitted to the hospital, and without warning, she arrived to find Kyle hooked up to life support machines. Ms. Henson later learned that her son had fully coded. Subsequently, his EEG showed no brain activity and he was diagnosed as “brain dead”. His physicians urged Kyle’s mom to “do the right thing” and remove his ventilator so Kyle would die.

She refused.

To everyone’s surprise, Kyle began moving his arms, and his feet and would turn towards his mother when she called his name. His doctors said it wasn’t “purposeful movement” and wouldn’t chart it because they hadn’t observed his movements themselves. Eventually, proving his doctors wrong, Kyle began to breathe on his own. Then, thanks to his mother’s persistent attention, Kyle began to receive rehabilitation.

Kyle DantzlerYou can read more details of the medical ordeal his family has endured here. 

Nothing I read was surprising because it is happening in hospitals all over the country.

It took a meeting with Ms. Henson’s attorney to persuade this hospital to stop the palliative care team from repeatedly asking her to move Kyle to hospice (again, Kyle is not dying), and to increase his food intake as he clearly shows signs of malnutrition.

Notice his mother’s attorney NOT the so-called ethic committee’s at the hospitals who are paid by the hospital itself.

Medical Futility

The question is why? Why is this young man not getting the proper treatment he needs to help him improve? At least find a way to help treat the horrific pressure sores that are now covering his malnourished body.

Kyle doesn’t lack the will to live. Nor does his heroic mother lack the conviction to fight for her son in the hopes of meaningful rehabilitation. But Kyle’s situation appears grim, despite the heroism and resolve of those closest to him.

Please pray for Kyle and his family, I know what they are going through. I’ve heard the diagnosis no hope. I found his GoFund me page and if you are moved to send some money to help them out. I know how the doctors IGNORED the purposeful movements of Jamie, I saw it and lived it.

Hospitals are making decisions much quicker now than they used to, determining within hours — even hours that someone will have no recovery. Pressuring the family to stop life support. And this is what we are talking about. Our medical rights being eroded. Seems the shift that’s occurred, where decision-making power now is resting in the hands of hospitals and physicians rather than family members. That’s what should frighten us all. No longer do we look out for the best interest of the patient. We are looking out for the best interest of the hospital. That always comes done not bottom line, so I think decisions are being made with cost in mind, and much quicker decisions are being made to end a person’s life than they have been in the past.

it’s just chilling to hear the pressure and how hospitals are just looking at these people and treating them really as an inconvenience and the best them for them would be to kill them.  Bobby Schindler

It is extremely difficult to fight the doctor’s putting pressure on you to give up on your loved one.  It is called a Medical Futility protocol and every hospital has one. Google to see what your hospital has. The University of Michigan Hospital’s Medical Futility Policy policy on Medical Futility, was formulated in 2009.

“The termination of treatment, including life support systems, does not require documentation of death. In appropriate cases, the attending physician may terminate treatment or preclude some or all future treatment with an appropriate written order when the patient is not dead. Cessation of treatment of a patient declared dead does not require specific orders or procedures, nor does it require family consent.” (excerpt from U of M policy)  

Now this is really scary but it happens every day.

“When death is both inevitable and imminent, and where the patient (or representative) concurs, sufficient dosage of narcotic, sedative, or other therapies should be employed to relieve the patient’s pain and suffering, even if doing so might compromise life-sustaining functions. The primary intent of any such therapy is to relieve patient suffering.”

You have a right to know before entering any hospital what their policy on medical futility is and if not ask before going there, or if you are incapacitated have your family ask. Have the discussion NOW with your family.

God bless Bridgette Henson, his mama and his 3 kids they have been enduring this ordeal for two years.