A man, George Pickering took a gun to a hospital and had a stand-off with police for three hours. George’s son also named George had been declared brain dead by doctors after suffering a massive stroke in January this year. The 27 year old man had been on life support till doctors decided on a ‘terminal wean’ – whereby life support is slowly withdrawn to end a life.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 been placed on the organ donation register. Pickering 59, didnt agree to the move. ‘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’, he said to news men.
On the said day, George Pickering went to the hospital after drinking with a gun to visit his son. When Doctors decided to go ahead with the decision, he brought out his gun and threatened to shoot anyone who came by his son’s bed. This resulted in the hospital authorities calling police officials to the scene. During the stand-off , George Pickering the third who had been brain dead all this while squeezed his father’s hand three times on command.
All the while during the stand-off, police had called his other son to come and reason with his father to give up his gun and allow doctors do their job. When his father got confirmation that indeed his son was alive and not brain dead, he gave up his gun and was arrested. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after marching into Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas with a gun.
He admits that it was indeed a reckless law breaking action but it was for the right reasons. Charges against him were eventually dropped and his son has made full recovery.