HOUSTON, Texas — A Beaumont man fighting to keep his wife alive has moved her via a late-night ambulance ride to a different Houston medical facility where she is now being treated.
Carolyn Jones, of Beaumont, has spent the last six months on a ventilator and on Monday the staff at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston turned off the ventilator against her family’s wishes.
The hospital is allowed to stop treatment under the Texas Advance Directives Act, also called the “10-Day Rule.”
Donald Jones was able to move his wife, Carolyn, late Wednesday night according to a news release from Texas Right to Life.
The state law, or "10-Day rule," allows hospitals to stop life-sustaining treatment that doctors deem futile. Families are given ten days’ notice before treatment is stopped in order to transfer their loved one.
Her ten days ran out on Monday.
It’s “miraculous” that Jones survived for more than 60 hours after being removed from the ventilator according to Texas Right to Life.
The Jones family, with help from Texas Right to Life, had been fighting the decision and trying to move Jones to a new facility.
She is currently in an undisclosed facility receiving treatment while she waits for transfer to another facility for long-term care.
On Thursday she was receiving dialysis at the temporary facility.
Jones was scheduled previously for dialysis on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, however the hospital refused to provide it on Tuesday after she had been removed from the ventilator according to Texas Right to Life.
A private donor had agreed to cover the cost of providing dialyisi on Tuesday befroe she was moved but the hospital refused according to a news release from Texas Right to Life.
Jones' transfer to a new facility for long-term care is currently int he works according to Texas Right to Life.
A stroke in 2017 is ultimately what landed Carolyn Jones, in Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston her daughter, Kina Jones, told 12News previously.