A judge on Monday gave theHarris County Court of Appeals until 6 p.m. today to decide the fate of a 10-month-old boy that is currently on life support at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
The boy’s family have been at the front of a legal battle since just after Nick Torres was found unresponsive in a bathtub on Sept. 24. Nick’s family says that his heart is still beating on its own and they are asking for more time to find a hospital that will be able to care for him.
An emergency appeal was filed on Sunday with the Harris County Court of Appeals after a judge denied a temporary injunction filed by the family last week and granted Texas Children’s Hospital the power to take Nick off life support Monday.
The baby’s doctors said he doesn’t have any brain activity and needs to be taken off life support.
The family asked for 24 more hours for the court of appeals to decide if it will take up the case. They were granted six more hours instead.
At a press conference on Monday, an attorney representing the family said that they have made arrangements for hospice care if they are allowed to take Nick from the hospital. He added, though, that if the court of appeals doesn’t take action by the deadline, the medical staff will do what they believe is right under the law and the practice of medicine.
In court on Friday, one of the doctors that testified before the judge said the baby was declared deceased on Sept. 30 after a brain wave test was conducted, revealing that the infant did not have any brain activity. Other doctors and professional experts testified agreeing to the conclusion based on medical results.
In closing arguments, the attorney representing Texas Children’s Hospital said Nick died more than a week ago.