Family Shocked After Brain-Dead Boy Removed From Life Support

LOS ANGELES (  — After a legal battle that lasted months to keep a brain-dead 2-year-old boy alive, Israel Stinson was removed from life support at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, Thursday afternoon.

“They are devastated. I think still in shock,” family attorney Alexandra Snyder said.  “It’s not even my child; I am still in shock this could happen so quickly.”

Snyder is shocked by a judge’s decision because just last week the court gave her a temporary order to stop the hospital from removing the ventilator so they could get an opinion from another neurologist.

“That is something every family has to decide for themselves, not a choice that should be imposed upon somebody,” Snyder said.

This heartbreaking ordeal began back in April in the Sacramento area. Israel was declared brain dead after a severe asthma attack that led to cardiac arrest. Since then, his parents have been fighting in court to keep Israel on life support, hoping to eventually care for him at home.

“These doctors [are] telling you there’s no hope, but then you go and see your son and he moves to your voice and it brings you back up.” Jonee Fonseca, the boy’s mother said.

In May, Israel’s parents even took him to Guatemala, where doctors there said their tests showed Israel had brain activity. Soon after that, Snyder says Children’s Hospital in LA agreed to take him as a patient. But doctors later said they were going to take Israel off life support.  This morning, the two sides went to court…and the judge ruled to have Israel’s ventilator removed.

CBSLA reached out to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for comment but a spokesperson had no comment at this time.


One Comment

  1. At last this poor baby can rest in peace. He has been dead since April. He was never going to recover. His brain had herniated through the brain stem. What the parents have done is an abuse of the system, using their child’s body for financial gain. It is disgusting and they should be ashamed of themselves. The child died because of their neglect to give him adequate treatment when he suffered an asthma attack. They should have to face charges and CPS should take their other children away.

  2. Lu Johnson says:

    Please take their other children away, immediately. These parents are monsters, and I will not allow them to be coddled as victims by the media without speaking out and reminding people of the FACTS in this horrible incident. We need to stop coddling people or giving special treatment under the law to people with certain skin color. The problem with this imbalance in justice, is that ultimately children suffer. Aren’t these kids worth the effort to change this unethical imbalance? America is populated by Americans, not blacks, whites, browns, etc. We have one system, it’s supposed to be color blind, yet we all know it really isn’t right now.

  3. gandalf says:

    Harsh but true!

    There’s nothing that prevents parents from “supporting a corpse on a ventilator and artificial feeding. But the problem is, who pays for it?” said Dr. Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics for New York University School of Medicine, who has written extensively on brain-death diagnoses. “I don’t believe the government or any public program or Medi-Cal should pay for that care. You don’t want public money, which is scarce enough for living children, to be diverted to pay for this. … Even if you have great empathy for the parents’ loss, which I do.”

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  4. gandalf says:

    Parents failed to care for their child properly and give him his medication which caused the horrible death in the first place. Lock them up.

  5. Karen says:

    Shocked? He’s been dead for five months! Taking him all over the place, thinking someone is going to pay for this charade. Their attorney should pay for the bill! Shame on her and the parents.

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