There is no perfect father, but every father loves perfectly.
- George Pickering II took gun and went to Houston’s Tomball Regional Medical Center to spend a few more hours with his son George III
- Pickering’s ‘brain dead’ son had suffered a huge stroke earlier in the month
- Doctors and father’s family were ‘terminally weaning’ son off life support
- Pickering forced his way into son’s room and standoff with police ensued
- When son squeezed his hand during the standoff, Pickering surrendered
- He was arrested but his son recovered a few weeks later and is doing well
A distraught father took a gun into a hospital to stop doctors from taking off his allegedly brain-dead son’s life support. He threatened nurses and doctors in the hospital at gunpoint during a three-hour stand-off when suddenly, the young man who was supposedly brain-dead, squeezed his hand.
The sudden glimmer of hope condensed into that small squeeze was a clear sign that he was in fact, not brain-dead and that he was alive.
The young man is now recovering and doing well, thanks to his recklessly stubborn father who’s unfailing love is the sole reason he is still here today.
However, despite the miracle, the law is no believer of happy-endings and 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 initially been declared brain dead after suffering a massive stroke earlier in January.[caption id="attachment_4405" align="aligncenter" width="634"] Pickering II (right) was armed when he went to the hospital where his son George III (left) was being treated[/caption]
After doctors declared that there was no hope left for him, they ordered a ‘terminal wean’- a process whereby life support is slowly withdrawn from a patient to end a life.
Pickering’s ex-wife and his other son had already agreed with the decision to unplug his life support, 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.’[caption id="attachment_4406" align="aligncenter" width="634"] Doctors at Tomball Regional Medical Center in Houston told police how Pickering threatened them[/caption]
During the three-hour standoff, Pickering threatened hospital staff at gunpoint. His other son was eventually able to calm him down and get the gun from him.
Pickering admitted to being drunk and aggressive but said it was only because he knew his son wasn’t ready to die.[caption id="attachment_4407" align="aligncenter" width="634"] After a lengthy standoff with police, Pickering was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon[/caption]
During the standoff, Pickering’s faith that his son had been misdiagnosed never wavered and after he finally got the response he wanted from his boy, he surrendered peacefully to authorities.
‘During that three hours, George squeezed my hand three or four times on command,’ he said.
His son later came out of his coma and is now fully recovered.
The charges against Pickering were eventually reduced and he was released earlier this month.[caption id="attachment_4408" align="aligncenter" width="634"] Pickering (right) was arrested and jailed, but his son (left) recovered a few weeks later and is doing well[/caption]
His son said: ”Laws were broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons.
‘I’m here now because of it. It was love, it was love.’https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3nZizA3Qzk&feature=youtu.be
If this isn’t a story that touches the deepest corners of you heart, I don’t know what is.
Somebody should seriously consider making this story into a movie. It’ll be a heartwarming Oscar winner- no doubt.