It is perhaps beyond our comprehension to understand what goes on in the mind of a forlorn parent. Such is the case of a father from Texas who decided that his son deserves better treatment. The gun-totting bereft father was released from prison after judges decided to drop one of the two charges against him.
Earlier this year, in January, George Pickering III, one of George Pickering the senior’s sons, was admitted in the Tomball Regional Medical Center after suffering a massive brain stroke. Sadly, after a few hours, the doctors declared that nothing can be done in Pickering’s case and decided to declare him brain-dead.
After learning the awful truth, Pickering the senior was struck with grief saying that his son will make it through. But the doctors had another opinion concerning George Pickering’s case. Soon after declaring him brain-dead, the doctors working for the Tomball Regional’s ICU set in motion the terminal wean procedure.
In simpler terms, terminal wean means that a patient who is declared brain-dead will be unhooked from the life-support machines, after a period of time, with the consent of both hospital’s management and the next of kin.
Thus, the procedure was approved, and the management also summoned the organ donation organization, because Pickering’s son appeared on the organ donor’s list.
Learning that his son will be taken off life support, the bereft father accused the hospital of moving too fast in his son’s case. Discovery that his pleas were futile, Pickering decided to take matters into his own hands.
Rushing to the hospital, Pickering had figured other means of convincing the doctors to cease terminal wean procedures. Mister Pickering entered the hospital and threatened to shoot everyone on sight if his son was taken off light support.
Fearing for their lives, the hospital’s staff called the police which surrounded the premises in a matter of minutes. After a 3-hour negotiation process, Pickering was persuaded into surrendering, by his older son.
According to the police reports, at the time of the attacks, Pickering, the assailant, was very drunk. Moreover, the bereft father kept telling the authorities that there is some life left in his son and that he will not permit the doctors to take it away.
Pickering was put on trial and was charged with two counts of assault with a life-threatening weapon. However, aside from the fact that the father’s desperate gesture saved his son’s life, it also helped him sway the judges into being more lenient in his case.
Gun-totting bereft father was released from jail this December after the judges decided to drop one of the the charges and show leniency in the other.