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Cook Children’s seeks new trial to remove toddler from life support


FILE – This Dec. 25, 2019, file photo provided by Texas Right to Life shows Tinslee Lewis. A Texas appeals court ruled Friday, July 24, 2020, that a hospital must keep the 17-month-old girl on life support pending a trial addressing the merits of the law doctors invoked to withdraw life-sustaining treatment. (Lewis Family/Texas Right to Life via AP)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas hospital is asking a state appeals court to take steps to overturn a ruling that forced it to continue providing life-sustaining treatment for a toddler who doctors say is in pain and will never recover.

Cook Children’s Medical Center filed an appeal April 16 asking the 48th District Court of Fort Worth to quickly schedule a new trial date to decide whether 2-year-old Tinslee Lewis should be removed from life support.

The hospital in Fort Worth says it has spent $24 million in Medicaid funds to keep Tinslee alive and that her condition only continues to deteriorate. The hospital says Tinslee cannot feel anything except pain.

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