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Teen's move sidesteps TX futile-care controversy



A Sugar Land brain cancer patient was transferred from Texas Children's Hospital to a long-term acute-care facility on Thursday, beating the pediatric hospital's plan to remove his life support by five days. In the latest conflict involving the state law that allows hospitals to discontinue life-sustaining treatment of patients they deem futile, Jordan Allen arrived at Atrium Medical Center Thursday night after a fight between his parents and Texas Children's doctors and ethicists. "We're greatly relieved," said Samuel Allen. "We knew we were up against the clock." Allen said he and his wife want to give Jordan, 14, "a fighting chance," even though they know he faces long odds. He has inoperable glioblastoma, a particularly lethal cancer, and is currently on a ventilator and comatose.


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