Houston, Texas Hospital Trying to Euthanize Disabled Patient Against His Will

State   |   Mark Pickup   |   Dec 9, 2015   |   7:14PM   |   Washington, DC

Texas Right to Life is working to save a vulnerable Texan, David Christopher “Chris” Dunn, from being euthanized against his will at Houston Methodist Hospital. Under the state’s draconian Texas Advanced Directives Act (TADA) the hospital has arbitrarily decided to withdraw Mr. Dunn’s life sustaining treatment. Mr. Dunn wants to live as you can plainly see from the video at the link above.

Below is a letter I have mailed to Texas’ Governor Greg Abbott pleading for Mr. Dunn’s life.

I ask readers to send the Governor a twitter message asking that every effort be made to save David Christopher Dunn’s life by moving him to another facility where he will be safe and given the therapies and treatments he needs to live to his full potential.  Governor Abbott’s twitter address @GregAbbott_TX  Please be respectful.

See below the text of my letter mailed 09 December 2015. I also alerted Governor Abbot by Twitter of this blog post which will give him immediate access to the contents of my correspondence.

(There must be something he can do as Governor of Texas. The Governor can commute death sentences of murderers on death row. Surely he must be able to commute the death sentence imposed on a helpless man by the terrible Texas Advanced Directives Act!)

08 December 2015
The Honorable Greg Abbott
Governor of Texas
P.O. Box 12428

Dear Governor Abbott:


David Christopher Dunn is a patient at Houston Methodist Hospital. He is about to be killed against his wishes, under the Texas Advanced Directives Act (TADA). Mr. Dunn is unable to defend himself against removal of life sustaining treatment.

I plead with you to intervene long enough for Mr. Dunn’s family, and his allies, to find another facility where he will be safe. Please use your authority or influence to ask the courts to give a time extension to Mr. Dunn’s life sustaining treatment and care, or persuade the Houston Methodist Hospital to cooperate until another facility can be found where he will be safe.

Thank you for reading my appeal for David Christopher Dunn. I would like to take this opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas to you and your loved-ones.

Sincerely yours,

Mark Davis Pickup

CC:      Dr. Marc L. Boon, President and CEO, Houston Methodist Hospital, 6565 Fannin Street, Houston Texas, U.S.A.,77030

LifeNews Note: Mark Pickup is chronically ill and disabled with degenerative multiple sclerosis. He is an advocate for life issues and disability inclusion across North America. He and his wife, LaRee, have been married for 38 years. They live in Alberta Canada with their two adult children and five grandchildren. Mark is available to address issues of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and issues revolving around suffering that often fuel calls for euthanasia. He writes regularly at https://markpickup.org and https://humanlifematters.org and is available for speaking event.