The National Center for Life and Liberty has learned that a conscious, forty-six-year-old man is in a Texas hospital fighting for his life. He and his family are working with Texas Right to Life against hospital officials who want to “pull the plug” and hasten his death.
Local media has released a heartbreaking video in which the man, Chris Dunn, can be seen praying for his life. Dunn is on a breathing machine as his organs deteriorate. He entered the hospital eight weeks ago due to a mass on his pancreas. The mass is squeezing off the small intestine and is affecting his liver and kidneys. The hospital is trying to stop life-sustaining treatment, claiming Dunn will die soon anyway.
His mother is doing all she can do to stop them, and a lawsuit has been filed on his behalf. Under Texas law, a hospital has the right to make these decisions without consulting the patient or his family. The law is found at Section 166.046 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, which states, “The statute makes the decision of the hospital committee final, not appealable, and there is no right to go into a court of law to have a judge review the hospital’s decisions.”
Dunn is mentally competent and capable of making his own decisions. He has trouble speaking because of tubes in his throat.
His mother is quoted as saying, “When they found out that Chris did not have insurance, they said they were done.”
According to reports at breitbart.com, Mr. Dunn received a letter from the meeting chair of the Houston Methodist Bioethics Committee, J. Richard Cheney. The letter said, “The Committee has decided that life-sustaining treatment is medically inappropriate for Chris and that all treatments other than those needed to keep him comfortable should be discontinued and withheld.”
At the National Center for Life and Liberty, we abhor this blatant violation of the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, which states in part that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.”
Could this happen to your child, your mother, or another family member?
This is wrong. This is not who we are as a nation.
But it could be who we are becoming if good people fail to act.
Click here to learn more about Chris Dunn’s heartbreaking situation.