‘It’s the only reason I’m here now’: Son awakens from ‘brain-dead’ state after gun-toting dad engages in three-hour armed standoff with police to block doctors from pulling the plug life-support

The Daily Mail

A father took a gun into hospital to stop doctors taking his son off life support – and during the three-hour stand-off the young man squeezed his hand.

The sign that he wasn’t brain dead meant he was kept alive – and he is now recovering and doing well.

His father, 59-year-old George Pickering II, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after marching into Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas with a gun.

His 27-year-old son, George III, had been declared brain dead after suffering a massive stroke in January.

After doctors declared there was no more hope for him, they ordered a ‘terminal wean’ – whereby life support is slowly withdrawn to end a life.

Pickering’s ex-wife and other son had agreed to the move, and the young man had already been placed on an organ donation register.

But Pickering Sr 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.’

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