Michael Stravato  /  AP
Wanda Hudson, whose 5-month-old baby is critically ill, talks with Judge William McCulloch during a hearing to decide the infant's fate.
updated 3/15/2005 6:51:41 PM ET 2005-03-15T23:51:41

A critically ill 5-month-old was taken off life support and died Tuesday, a day after a judge cleared the way for doctors to halt care they believed to be futile. The infant’s mother had fought to keep him alive.

Sun Hudson had been diagnosed with a fatal genetic disorder called thanatophoric dysplasia, a condition characterized by a tiny chest and lungs too small to support life. He had been on a ventilator since birth.

Wanda Hudson unsuccessfully fought to continue her son’s medical care. She believed he needed time to grow and could eventually be weaned off the ventilator.

“I wanted life for my son,” Hudson said Tuesday. “The hospital gave up on him too soon.”

Texas law allows hospitals to end life support in cases such as this but requires that families be given 10 days to find another facility to care for the patient. No hospital was found to take the baby.

The ethics committee at Texas Children’s Hospital reviewed Sun’s case before recommending that life support be stopped. Hospital officials also recommended the case be taken to court and offered to pay Hudson’s attorney fees.

“Texas Children’s Hospital is deeply saddened to report that Sun Hudson has died,” the hospital said in a statement issued Tuesday.

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