On Tuesday, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital refused to issue regularly scheduled dialysis to 61-year old Carolyn Jones, a recovering stroke victim whose life-sustaining treatment was ended earlier this week due to the so-called 10-Day Rule within the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA).
Last night, in a bold move, pro-life advocacy group Texas Right to Life apparently funded a private ambulance to take Mrs. Jones from the Memorial Hermann hospital and deliver her to a separate facility willing to issue her dialysis treatment.
Jones was first taken off her ventilator on Monday by hospital staff against the family’s wishes. The family was informed that if Jones survived the night breathing on her own, the hospital would also stop her dialysis the following day.
The Jones family opposed removing her from dialysis, which she has needed even before suffering a severe stroke in December of 2017.
In a press release, Texas Right to Life stated that, “Carolyn has been accepted at a long-term acute facility, and the paperwork for her new facility will not be ready until at least Thursday afternoon. Thus, the emergency escape ensured that Carolyn remained stable and received dialysis so that she could safely be moved to an appropriate care setting; otherwise, the 10-Day Rule would likely have taken her life.”
The Texan has reached out to Memorial Hermann for comment, but none has been given at this time.
Jones apparently received dialysis at the new facility and has been reported as being put back on a ventilator to continue life-sustaining treatment while the family continues to work toward a long-term care solution.
The Texas Senate passed SB 2089 on Tuesday, authored by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), that extends the 10 day transfer period to 45 days, providing additional time for families to look for alternative facilities should a hospital invoke the rule to end treatment.
The bill originally repealed the 10-Day Rule outright but was amended.
The House has limited time remaining in the session to process SB 2089 should they seek to implement the new reform.