Good news from St. Luke’s today. Last week, when the hospital reneged on its agreement to transfer Andrea to a hospital in Chicago, they indicated they would stop treating her today. Instead, with a new doctor in place, Andrea’s going to get a second chance.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital decided Tuesday to keep treating a severely ill heart patient, ending a two-week battle with the woman’s family over the hospital’s plan to take her off life support.
The revocation of the plan follows the involvement of a new doctor, found by Texas Right-to-Life, who hopes Andrea Clark can be rehabilitated to the point where she can be transferred to another facility.
“The odds are against her,” acknowledged Dr. Matthew Lenz, the doctor assuming Clark’s primary care. “She’s in critical condition and any new complication could be life threatening, but we’re going to give her a fighting chance.”
In a statement, St. Luke’s said it will continue “an aggressive search” for a facility to treat Clark long-term.
Right-to-Life advocates are using Andrea’s case and another recent case to highlight the problems with Texas’ Futile Care law. That other case, in Austin, is also being handled by attorney Jerri Ward.
Thank goodness for folks like Ms. Ward, who I believe is representing the clients in both cases on a pro bono basis.