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Family faces Beaumont Hospital in court to keep teenage son on life support

Beaumont Health

16 year-old Titus Cromer has been on life support since October 17. Beaumont Hospital says he is brain dead, and needs to be removed from life support. His mother, LaShauna Lowry, disagrees.

Lowry filed a civil suit against Beaumont in Oakland County Circuit Court, and on October 28, a judge ordered that Cromer stay on life support. Now, the case is in front of the U.S. District Court in Detroit.

In a statement, Beaumont Hospital declined to comment on the specifics of Cromer's case: "We empathize deeply with families in these kinds of very difficult circumstances, but we cannot discuss the particulars of a patient’s care without the family’s explicit permission. We remain committed to supporting the family in a compassionate, ethical and legally appropriate way."

The case comes just one month after a Michigan judge rejected a similar request to keep a 14-year-old boy on life support. C.S. Mott Children's Hospital removed Bobby Reyes from life support On October 15, after he was found brain dead and no other facility would take him.

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