Two-year-old Israel Stinson suffered an asthma attack in early April in California. The little boy ended up being placed on a ventilator and was declared brain dead by doctors. But Israel’s family want to move the child to New Jersey, where brain dead laws differ.
A judge rejected a request for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center to keep him on life support until his parents could find a new facility for him, but he granted Israel another week on life support for his parents’ appeal to be heard.
“Now not only is he responding to our touch and our voice, but I’ve seen him take breaths off the ventilator, it’s very hopeful and a good feeling,” Jonee Fonseca, his mother, said.
“He’s alive, he’s definitely still alive,” Fonseca told CBS affiliate KOVR.
Kaiser Permanente attorneys said Israel’s condition will not improve and futile care would deprive him of the “dignity of death.”
“Our hearts go out to this family as they cope with the irreversible brain death of their son,” the hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Chris Palkowski, said in a statement promising to follow the judge’s order.
Israel’s father also commented about his son’s condition and believes god will see them through it.
“I do feel like it’s getting harder, but we made it this far and made it farther than anyone else,” Israel’s father, Nate Stinson, told KOVR. “I believe that God is with us and we are going to keep pushing on.”