A father who took a gun into hospital to stop doctors taking his son off life support has had charges reduced because his actions ‘saved his life’.
According to the Daily Mail George Pickering II, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after entering the Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas with a gun after his 27-year-old son, George III, had been declared brain dead after suffering a massive stroke.
After doctors declared there was no more hope for him, they ordered a ‘terminal wean’, slowly withdrawing life-support from a patient but whereas Pickering’s ex-wife and other son had agreed to the move, the 59-year-old father refused to give up on his son
He told KPRC:
They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, the doctors. I knew if I had three or four hours that night that I would know whether George was brain-dead.
During the three-hour standoff, Pickering threatened hospital staff but then George junior showed signs of life, with the young man squeezing his hand on command three or four times. After gaining this response his other son was able to take the gun and he surrendered peacefully to authorities. His son later emerged from the coma and is now fully recovered.
Pickering admitted to being drunk and aggressive but said he only acted in the way he did because he knew his son wasn’t ready to die. His son said: “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.”
The charges against Pickering have now been reduced and he was released from jail earlier this month.