A father’s love knows no bound. When he sees his child is in danger, nothing can stop him from doing everything just to keep him away from death’s door. This is exactly the kind of parent George Pickering II embodies because when doctors decided to take his son off life support, the 59-year-old did something unspeakable to save his child’s life.
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Twenty-seven-year-old George Pickering III was declared brain dead after suffering a massive stroke in January. He was admitted in Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas. For quite some time, George III was on life support.
But later on the doctors ordered a terminal wean, where a patient is slowly withdrawn from life support, since they believed that there was nothing else they could do for him. The young man was even placed on an organ register, proving further that the medical professionals attending to him were already expecting that he would pass away anytime soon. Most of the patient’s family, his siblings and his mom, agreed to the doctor’s decision—but not his father.
Saddened over his family and the doctor’s decision, George II thought he should just drink his depression off. Being in a drunken stupor, he decided to do something bold and dangerous so he could delay the planned terminal wean.
He took a gun to the hospital and threatened the staff in a standoff that lasted for three hours. His other son was able to eventually get the gun from him, but he said that the three-hour delay he caused was all that he needed.
According to George II, during the three hours that he stood his ground and kept his faith, George III suddenly squeezed his hand for three or four times.
After feeling his son’s touch, George II knew that he had done his job as a father, and he calmly cooperated with the authorities and surrendered himself.
Despite ending in jail, George II’s actions proved to be worth it. The supposed terminal wean was lifted, and contrary to what everyone was expecting, George woke up from the coma and has now fully recovered.
Asked about what drove him to do it, George said,”They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, the doctors.. . . I knew if I had three or four hours that night, that I would know whether George was brain-dead or not.”
George II was charged with two counts of assault but was later released after the first one was dropped and the second reduced. George III couldn’t thank his father enough for what he did. Teary-eyed, he said, “There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. I’m here now because of it.. . . It’s the duty of a parent to protect your children, and that’s all he did.. . . Everything good that made me a man is because of that man sitting next to me.”