A California mother and father are devastated after a hospital reportedly removed their 2-year-old son from life support last week following a long legal battle.

Officials at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles removed Israel Stinson, 2, from life support on Thursday after a judge upheld the decision, writes the Los Angeles Times.

The child’s parents,Jonee Fonseca and Nathaniel Stinson, had “sought an injunction to prevent the hospital from taking action while they rushed to make arrangements to put him in home care,” writes the news outlet:

On Tuesday, the hospital informed Israel’s mother that they would file a motion to oppose the injunction, and on Thursday the motion was filed. The family’s struggle to save Israel ended when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Amy D. Hogue ruled in favor of the hospital’s decision, and immediately following the ruling, Israel’s ventilator was removed.  

“I was on the phone with his mother when the doctors disconnected him,” Alexandra Snyder, an attorney with the Life Legal Defense Foundation, said Friday. The pro-life group is representing Israel’s family pro bono. “They were in such a hurry to do it, they didn’t even sit down and explain what was going on.”


The family is “devastated,” Snyder said. “They lost their son [Thursday] after a long, long battle for him and for his life, so they are understandably heartbroken.”

The battle began on April 1 when Israel fell into a coma after experiencing a severe asthma attack and a heart attack that restricted oxygen flow to his brain, notes the report. He was rushed to Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center in Sacramento, where doctors declared him brain-dead and suggested that he be removed from life support, the report says. But his parents refused to give up.

Fonseca even created a GoFundMe.com page to help pay for his medical expenses, writing, “God is telling me not to let go.”

On Thursday, however, she had no choice but to  let go.

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SOURCE: Los Angeles Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

7 thoughts on “Parents Heartbroken After Hospital Disconnects 2-Year-Old Son From Life Support

  1. Toresa P on said:

    There has been cases of patients who were deemed brain dead to actually awake with brain activity. For the hosp to cut of support in the manner that was done I believe was extremely cruel. It all boils down to money again. Our Lord works in mysterious ways and when it our time unfortunately it exactly that. He’s a young soul that will have his place in Heaven. My prayers and condolences for the entire family. So sorry for your lose.

    • You may have heard of a brain damaged person, in a coma, regaining consciousness, but a person who’s brain is completely dead can never live without mechanical assistance. The machine will continue to pump air into the lungs, but the body will eventually deteriorate, because the brain can’t send signals to other vital organs. Therefore, the body will break down. There is nothing cruel about not letting a loved one’s body die slowly while a machine keeps their chest rising and falling. Would you want someone to let you slowly rot away because they can’t accept reality? Now that is cruel. If this child was in a coma, with brain function, then it would make sense to do everything possible to give him the best care possible. If the brain is dead, you’re dead. As far as I know, as advanced as science and medicine are today, no one has ever been able to raise the dead. May this little one Rest In Peace, despite his parents doing everything they could to deny him a peaceful transition.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Yeah, comas are one thing, no brain activity is another. I’m sorry for their loss, baby Israel was not really with them since he suffered the heart attack. Poor lil fella, I’m sure his parents are devastated, and again, unfortunately death is not our call. I pray for this family’s healing.

    • I’ve never understood the need to keep a body functioning by artificial means when it can no longer support itself. I experienced the same thing with my precious sister. When one day, I walked into her hospital room and after 7 days of dialysis, she was swollen to two times her original size, her kidneys still were not working, and her other organs were beginning to shut down, I got my other siblings to the hospital and told them it was time to let her go. If she was able to breath after she was disconnected from life support, then we’ll do everything we can to ensure she gets the best care. If she stops breathing after she’s disconnected, then that is what we have to deal with. If the brain is still functioning and a person is in a coma, I can see holding on to some hope of recovery. However, if the brain is dead, the person is dead. Again, why would anyone want a loved one’s body lying around, having air pumped into it by a machine?

      • specialt757 on said:

        Sorry for you loss kates1221, I understand the bond between sisters. Now although I got one I want to choke the hell out of, I would be crushed if my family had to make this same decision.
        Just remember the good times.

      • Thank you. Part of my heart died when she died. Letting her go was the single hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. This old world is a much meaner place without her in it.

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