A parent’s love for their child is unconditional and most would agree that they will do whatever it takes to save them and protect their lives, even if it means breaking the law.
One dad from Texas showed ultimate dedication to his son, which resulted in a standoff with SWAT team officers.
The father was heartbroken when his son, George Pickering II, was declared “brain dead”.
The hospital gave the boys mom, Pickering’s ex-wife, the choice to end her sons life. After the hospital approved a “terminal wean” — which means slowly removes life support — George II felt hopeless.
George said, “I felt hopeless. They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, the doctors.”
The devastated dad didn’t want his son’s life to end, and that’s when he grabbed a gun and took it to the hospital.
Pickering grabbed a gun and threatened staff, demanding access to see his son.
Desperately trying to halt the process, the desperate dad said he was certain there was still life in his son and needed time alone with him.
“I knew if I had three or four hours that night that I would know whether George was brain dead,” Pickering said.
George II said, “During that three hours, George squeezed my hand three or four times on command.”
His desperate attempt to bide time did however work.
During the hours in which Pickering locked himself in his son’s room, he felt his son squeeze his hand several times on command.
He knew his son was responsive and wasn’t brain dead as doctors said, so then Pickering peacefully surrendered.
The father was arrested but it was all for a good cause. The father was able to stop staff members from pulling the plug and his son slowly came back.
He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but one was later dismissed and the other lessened to a state jail felony. “This case has always been about a father protecting his son, when his son couldn’t protect himself,” Pickering’s lawyer Phoebe Smith said.
Upon hearing what his father did for him, George II was moved. He said, “The important thing is I’m alive and well, my father is home and we’re together again.”
Wow. What an incredible story about a father doing whatever it took to protect his child. Call if a father’s instincts or whatever, but this man saved his son’s life. An amazing father with an incredible resolve — bless his heart.
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