Doctors vs. Parents: Who Decides Right to Life?

Following surgery, Sabrina Martin's condition went south. And then, her family says, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital set about arranging for her demise.

"At first my parents were like, 'We don't want you to be away from home,' but then I begged and begged and told them that I promised myself that I would not leave her side," says Veal. "I mean, I miss my family, but for me it's worth it. I don't have a problem doing it because it's my choice and it's what I want to do."

Lopez and Murray feel the same way.

Sabrina's mother calls her daughter "My Sleeping Beauty" because Sabrina dozes off much of the time. Caring for her is not easy, but her parents says it's far better than the alternative presented to them by the folks at Memorial Hermann.

"I'm so glad we did what we did," says Murray. "It's a lot of work. But it's better now than it was at first. Some days I just want to go up to those doctors and say, "See, look at her now."

chris.vogel@houstonpress.com

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