A father took a gun into hospital to stop doctors taking his son off life support – and during the three-hour stand-off the young man squeezed his hand.
The sign that he wasn’t brain dead meant he was kept alive – and he is now recovering and doing well.
His father, 59-year-old George Pickering II, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after marching into Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas with a gun.
His 27-year-old son, George III, had been declared brain dead after suffering a massive stroke in January.
After doctors declared there was no more hope for him, they ordered a ‘terminal wean’ – whereby life support is slowly withdrawn to end a life….
During the three-hour standoff, Pickering threatened hospital staff. His other son was eventually able to get the gun from him.
Pickering admitted to being drunk and aggressive but said it was only because he knew his son wasn’t ready to die.
During the standoff, Pickering’s faith that his son had been misdiagnosed never wavered and after he finally got the response he wanted from his boy, he surrendered peacefully to authorities.
‘During that three hours, George squeezed my hand three or four times on command,’ he said.
His son later came out of his coma and is now fully recovered.
This brought tears to my eyes. That a father should defend the life of his helpless child – with armed force – is so rare today that I can’t remember when I last saw a report of it. Consider also that the boy’s mother and brother were willing to see the hospital kill George III. Why? Unknown. But it was his father’s courage and stalwart defense of his son that tipped the scales.
The “authorities” will undoubtedly try to crucify the elder George Pickering for resisting him. They want their power over life and death to go unchallenged, as is the way with totalitarians and megalomaniacs. I wish him the best in his defense against the myrmidons of the “law.” He saved his son’s life, and for any good man, that is worth any price.
May God bless and preserve you, George Pickering II – and may your ex-wife and other son reflect upon the horror of what they were willing to allow, and why.