Nine-Year-Old Girl On Respirator Dies


(Fort Worth, TX)  --  The nine-year-old girl at the center of a court battle over whether she should stay on life support is no longer with us.  Payton Summons died Friday evening, hours after her parents won a court victory to keep her on a ventilator.  

The girl had been declared brain-dead in September.  Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth wanted to take her off the ventilator, while her parents wanted to keep her on the machine while they looked for another hospital.  

Payton's heart stopped beating not long after a judge ruled in favor of extending a temporary restraining order against the hospital.

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