The Tomball Regional Medical Center in the Houston area was in the process of weaning a man’s son off of life support after he’d been declared brain dead.
The man’s ex-wife and the brain dead man’s brother both consented to the action. Dad, on the other hand, believed it was a mistake and that his son wasn’t brain dead.
He chose to do whatever it took to make sure the right decision was being made and the right actions carried out – even if he did so in unconventional and dangerous ways.
He took a gun into the hospital to stop the doctors from starting the process called a terminal wean; slowly withdrawing life support.
George Pickering II’s son, 27-year-old George Pickering III, had been declared brain dead after suffering a massive stroke back in January.
“During that three hours, George squeezed my hand three or four times on command,” his father said.
Once he did that, he had the proof he needed and surrendered peacefully to authorities.
His son has since come out of his coma and is now fully recovered.
The elder Pickering was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Those charges were later reduced and he was released from jail earlier this month.
“There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. I’m here now because of it. It was love, it was love,” his son said.