Here’s a thumbnail sketch of what happed:
Kid has a stroke; ruled brain dead and put on organ donor list. Armed dad goes in room and holds off medics for three hours. That is long enough for the son to recover enough functionality to prove he is NOT brain dead. He squeezed his father’s hand, and SWAT medic could see that he was alert when they came into the room. Dad spends some time in jail and then gets to spend Christmas with his highly recovered son.
One of the lesson’s here is that the Second Amendment is a gift from God.
The SWAT team is to be commended for deescalating the situation and for bringing in their own medics with eyes open to the evidence. It could have ended much worse.
Here is a video of the story from RT.com:
Fox News’ report includes some additional details:
When Pickering first showed his gun at the hospital, he was quickly disarmed by his other son. But the wily dad lied and said he had a second firearm.
“I said, ‘I was in the Boy Scouts, you think I only have one gun?’” Pickering said.
He closed a curtain to be alone with his son while SWAT officers negotiated.
“During that three hours, George squeezed my hand three or four times on command,” Pickering said.
After several hours, Pickering surrendered. His son, however, was still fighting, and eventually he recovered.
“There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons,” Pickering III said. “I’m here now because of it. It was love. It was love.”
Tomball said in a statement that “due to strict privacy laws, we are unable to comment about individual patients, but we encourage you to contact local law enforcement for a complete picture of the events that took place.”
“It’s the duty of a parent to protect your children and that’s all he did,” Pickering III said. “Everything good that made me a man is because of that man sitting next to me.”
There is much that can be said about the father risking the lives of medical personnel (though after he was disarmed, he didn’t risk anyone’s life but his own as he bought time with the police by bluffing). I don’t think it was wrong that he served time. That being said, there is an obvious case to be made against the hospital. Whatever their motives, they were plainly engaged in killing a young man who was not brain dead.
Here’s a video that tells another story of a doctor wanting to write off a young man as a lost cause. Fortunately, since the father was an expert medical malpractice lawyer, the mother didn’t need to use a gun (extra details from this interview).