California mother files appeal to keep child on life support

California mother files appeal to keep child on life support
A California mother filed an emergency appeal on Tuesday seeking a court order directing Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Roseville to keep her toddler on life support. Jonee Fonseca, whose 2-year-old child Israel Stinson is in need of life support, requested the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to override U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller's recent ruling in Sacramento. District Court Judge Mueller refused to order Kaiser Permanente Medical Center to keep Israel Stinson on life support, but gave the family time to appeal the decision. At least two hospitals have already declared the toddler brain dead, but his mother wants time to find some other facility for him in a last bid to revive him. An attorney representing Fonseca in the court said, "If Kaiser is wrong and Israel is not brain dead, then disconnecting life support on Friday at the close of business will be an error that is irrevocable." The attorney stressed that Fonseca isn't asking for years or months; she just want enough time to brief serious questions she has raised and provide her little son with a chance to live. The legal battle is similar to the one in which the family of a 13-year-old girl named Jahi McMath, who had a heart attack and was declared brain dead in 2013 in Oakland, moved her to New Jersey, which requires medical treatment of patients who are declared dead but show minimal brain function.