Two Year-Old on Life Support Has Less Than Two Days Before Hospital Will End His Life

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 27, 2016   |   6:10PM   |   Washington, DC

In just two days, a hospital plans to pull the plug on a 2-year-old boy’s life support against his parents’ wishes, according to the legal group representing him.

Two weeks ago, a judge put a temporary stop to a hospital’s attempt to withdraw life support from 2-year-old Israel Stinson (pictured) after doctors declared him “brain dead,” according to Life Legal Defense Foundation, which is representing Israel and his family. The legal group said they now have until Friday to find a hospital that will care for the boy.

Israel’s family wants to give him a chance to recover. He was placed on life support after suffering a severe asthma attack earlier this month. Though the hospital declared Israel “brain dead” a few weeks ago, he has since been observed reacting to his mother’s voice and touch, according to the legal group.



The toddler’s situation took a turn for the worse when he was transferred from a Sacramento hospital to another area hospital on April 12. Less than 24 hours after the hospital admitted Israel, the staff notified his parents that they intended to run tests to determine his brain activity and likely would withdraw his life support, according to the pro-life legal group. Without life support, Israel would die.

Israel’s mother said she posted notes throughout his hospital room instructing the hospital not to conduct any tests on her son without her permission. One of the notes said: “This letter puts you on notice that we will be filing a temporary restraining order with the courts this week. I am in need of more time before any further tests are performed and am requesting an outside physician to intervene and give a second prognosis.”

However, Israel’s mother said the hospital staff ignored the notes and conducted the tests anyway.

Two weeks ago, a judge in Placer County Superior Court granted the family’s request for a temporary restraining order that prohibits the hospital from withdrawing life support, according to Life Legal. It also requires that Israel receives any treatment needed to maintain his stability, the firm said.

The pro-life law group is asking people to “please pray for Israel and his family!”