Fort Worth hospital asks Texas Supreme Court to speed up case review of baby on life support

Tinslee Lewis
Posted at 7:48 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 15:48:14-04

FORT WORTH, TX — A Fort Worth hospital asked the Texas Supreme Court Tuesday to speed up its review of a case of a baby on life support.

One-year-old Tinslee Lewis has been at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth since her birth.

She was prematurely born with a rare heart defect and other serious health problems. In July, the Second Appellate District of Texas sided with the family, ruling she could remain on life support.

Doctors argued that keeping the baby alive is only causing more pain and that her condition would never improve.

Lewis argued that her daughter is not in pain, and she should have the right to decide if Tinslee lives.

On Tuesday, attorneys representing the hospital filed an emergency motion to expedite the case.

They claimed Tinslee's "suffering has only increased, as her incurable disorders, combined with the effects of forced paralysis for months on end, have ravaged her small body."

Trinity Lewis, Tinslee's mother, released the following statement on October 1st:

"Cook's recent court filings are wrong. I visit Tinslee every single chance I get. I have fought with Cook Children's on which members of my family can visit Tinslee because they have very strict and limited visitation rules. Cook's will not allow me to visit Tinslee while bringing my baby daughter. As a single mother working two jobs, I have to find a babysitter so I can see Tinslee. I am fighting for her. Cook's recent court filings don't tell the truth about my little girl’s condition and show Cook's will say anything to have my daughter’s life ended."