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L.A. Hospital Removes Life Support From Toddler After Court Rules Against Parents

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Two-year-old Israel Stinson passed away after he was taken off a breathing ventilator Thursday. (Credit: Life Legal Defense Foundation)

Two-year-old Israel Stinson passed away after he was taken off a breathing ventilator Thursday. (Credit: Life Legal Defense Foundation)

Two year-old Israel Stinson, the curly-haired, angelic-looking toddler whose fight for life gained international attention, died Thursday after he was removed from a breathing ventilator against his parents wishes.

Now, supporters of the family are questioning why a Los Angeles hospital moved so quickly to remove him from life support immediately after a judge upheld the decision.

Israel’s parents, Jonee Fonseca and Nathaniel Stinson, sought an injunction Aug. 18 to prevent Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles from taking action while they rushed to make arrangements to put him in home care.

On Tuesday, the hospital informed Israel’s mother that they would file a motion to oppose the injunction, and on Thursday the motion was filed. The family’s struggle to save Israel ended when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Amy D. Hogue ruled in favor of the hospital’s decision, and immediately following the ruling, Israel’s ventilator was removed.

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