Doctors have told the child’s father, Brade Gilleland, that his son will never wake up.
“The only way to keep him alive is to keep him on machines,” Gilleland said.
He and Pace have been in and out of juvenile court about the child and his 2-year-old sister, who are in the care of the Division of Family and Children Services, according to Gilleland.
“I’d like (the juvenile courts) to address my son’s situation,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We went to Superior Court about a month ago on a Friday and (Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Kathryn M. Schrader) said she’d have a decision by Monday.”
But Gilleland said he and his lawyer have not heard back.
Pace’s attorney, Angela Kinley, said her client is being denied access to medical records for her son at the same time the hospital is pushing for a decision on treatment.
“I don’t think it’s consistent to deny access to medical records when asking to terminate a child’s life,” Kinley said.
Kinley said Pace’s “position regarding her son's medical treatment ... has nothing to do with anything other than her love and concern for her child.”
Pace’s father, Mike Stieb, told The AJC he is frustrated because the courts will not make a decision about his grandson until his daughter and her ex-husband agree on medical treatment.
He worries his grandson could end up with a medically trained foster family while DFCS and the courts decide what to do.
“It’s a legal hot potato and no one is taking action,” Stieb said. “Doctors have said the global brain damage is irreversible and there will be little to no quality of life.”
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