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.
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."