Dad Involved In Armed Stand-Off To Stop Doctors From Pulling Plug On Son

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A Texas father engaged in a three-hour standoff with police in January in an attempt to prevent doctors from pulling the plug on his brain-dead son.

George Pickering II was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for entering Tomball Regional Medical Center, in Houston, with a gun and threatening to shoot employees. His son, George Pickering III, was in critical care after having a stroke, and doctors ordered a process that slowly removed life support.

“They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, the doctors,” Pickering told KPRC-TV. “I knew if I had three or four hours that night that I would know whether George was brain-dead.” Hospital staff was reportedly concerned about Pickering’s behavior because he had been belligerent and heavily intoxicated earlier in the day. 

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Pickering said his decision to threaten hospital staff was his last option.

“At that point I had blinders on. All I knew I just needed to have this time with George,” he said. His son, he said, squeezed his hand several times on command -- letting him know that he wasn’t as far gone as hospital staff believed.

Pickering’s son later came out of a coma and recovered.

Pickering was arrested and charged for the incident, but the charges were later reduced and he was released in early December.

“There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. I'm here now because of it,” Pickering’s son said. “It was love, it was love."

Sources: Daily MailKPRC-TV / Photo credit: Daily Mail 

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