What would you do if the doctor told you your son was dead but you didn’t believe he was? Would you accept the situation, or would you force them to keep him alive? At the Tomball Regional Medical Center, one desperate parent was confronted with this conundrum. Noah didn’t end with him accepting what the doctor said and saying goodbye to his son. This Dad did something no one saw coming.
His reaction led to this call: “Hey, we need the police stat in the hospital. We have a family member with a gun. Please like and share this video. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the Bell icon next to it to get notified when we add new exciting videos in the future. Now let’s get right into it.”
George Pickering II lives in Pinehurst, Texas. Angrily taking up arms while standing at his son’s hospital bedside sounds like a movie scene, doesn’t it? But for this father, this was not make-believe. His son’s life was on the line.
While George stood at his son’s bedside with a nine-millimeter in his hand, two things were written on his face: fear and desperation. He was sweating profusely and shaking at the same time. This wasn’t a man who wanted to hurt anybody.
It’s ironic that he was the one with the weapon but was still the one who was scared. No one knew what he was going to do next. His ex-wife and the nurses were all crammed into one corner while George shouted at them. Would he go through with it or not?
You see, the last 24 hours had been a whirlwind for him. The doctors told him that his son, George Pickering III, was brain dead, but George disagreed. However, no one listened to him, and why should they? The doctors had done their tests and they were certain of the results. George’s son was brain dead.
When a patient’s condition makes them unable to participate in their own care, the hospital’s policy states that the appropriate substitute decision-maker has the right to decide whether or not they would move forward with a recommended care plan.
The recommended care plan for the young man was to be taken off life support, and the substitute decision-maker wasn’t the father. That responsibility belonged to his ex-wife, Teresa, and his other son. They took the doctor’s advice and agreed to a temporary wean, which would have slowly removed his son from life support.
You ought to agree that this seems like a logical decision. But the patient’s father disagreed. Call it Father’s Intuition or anything, but George was adamant that his son wasn’t dead. No one knew where his convictions came from, but he was 100% sure that his son was still alive.
Still, he was overruled because everyone believed these were the thoughts of a father who didn’t want to give up on his son, even though all hope was lost. Someone had already notified an organ donation organization of an incoming donation.
They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, and the doctors. So, is this a father who was blinded with love, who wasn’t thinking logically, or did they have a specific reason for believing his son was still alive? Maybe he did.
His son had had seizures in the past, and his father explained this to everyone. He believed this was just another episode for his son. He stated that if he was given some hours with his son, he would perhaps be able to prove it.
However, the patient had been in a coma for months. So, would a few hours make a difference? For George, every second he could keep his son alive mattered. The young man wasn’t just his son; he was also his best friend.
They were like two peas in a pod, and the son was a spitting image of his father. For some reason, neither the father nor another person around at the time can fully explain why he believed his son wasn’t brain dead.
The two shared an unbreakable bond, and the father wasn’t ready to let go of that. They also ran a small electrical engineering business together and had just started building their own home when the young man had a stroke and went into a coma.
However, despite pleading his case and telling everyone that his son was still alive, they didn’t believe him. George was told that from the next morning, his son would be slowly taken off life support. That’s when he knew he had to make a decision.
That’s when he took matters into his own hand. Or in this case, took up arms. That morning he went to the hospital, knowing he had to do whatever it took to stop them from taking his son off life support. On his way to the hospital, he bought alcohol and made sure he was drunk before stepping into the medical center.
I guess he was mustering up the courage to do what he was about to do. Now he was in his son’s ward, alongside his ex-wife, his other son, and a couple of doctors and nurses. And when they were about to start the temporal wean process, he knew it was time to act.
He pulled out the firearm and threatened everyone in the room. However, what he demanded was quite strange. He told them all he wanted was time to prove what he believed. George said, “I knew if I had three or four hours that night, I would know whether my son was brain dead. At this point, I had blinders on.
All I knew was I just needed to have this time with Georgie.” He ordered everyone to leave the room so he could talk to his beloved son. His ex-wife and the hospital staff left the room. As soon as they did, one of the hospital workers dialed 911 and informed them of the situation inside the room. George stood nervously, looking over his son, who was connected to many tubes and wires.
He thought to himself, “Is my son really still alive? Or was my call for nothing? Was my son brain dead like the doctor said? Would I be going to jail, knowing that I would not see my son when he woke up? Or was I right, which would also mean that I had saved my son’s life?” At this point, there were only three people in the room: the father, Georgie, who was in a coma, and George’s other son, who was trying to convince their dad to stop the sudden takeover.
George needed a miracle right away. While holding his son’s hand, George spoke to him and told him to squeeze his hand if he could hear him. Nothing happened. For the first time, George had doubts about whether his son was still alive.
Maybe the doctors were right after all. But he wasn’t going to give up easily, so he called him again. This time he stammered while making the same desperate request. To his surprise, his son squeezed his hand.
George wanted to be sure his mind wasn’t playing tricks on him, so he asked him to do it again. The son squeezed his father’s hand again, and several times after that. George showed his other son he was right. His brother wasn’t brain dead.
Shortly after, law enforcement officers arrived at the hospital. The hospital was now filled with SWAT teams. They implored George to surrender and leave the room. But he wanted to show them that his son wasn’t dead before he surrendered. When they entered the room, the father was by his son’s bed, still holding his hands.
He showed them, as well, that his son was still alive. George’s other son was eventually able to coax him to give up the firearm. Naturally, he was arrested by the police and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His unconventional, albeit dangerous, strategy worked. Everyone now agreed that his son wasn’t brain dead, and the doctors didn’t take him off life support.
After some days, George III woke up from his coma. When he was told about what his father had done to ensure he wasn’t taken off life support, he was moved. Yes, the law was broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. It was love. It’s the duty of a parent to protect your child, and that’s all he did.
“Everything good that made me a man is because of what my father did. I don’t want to offend anyone, but he did what he believed he had to do, and he’s been proven right. He showed everyone that I wasn’t brain dead,” he said. The lawyer who pleaded the father’s case said, “This case has always been about a father protecting his son when his son couldn’t protect himself.”
One charge filed against George was eventually dismissed, and the other was lessened. He was given credit for the time he served and released.
What would you have done if you were in the dad’s shoes? Would you have done the same thing? Please leave your questions and experience in the comments section.
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