The family of a local toddler who nearly drowned is fighting a new battle, one that may require a life or death decision." /> The family of a local toddler who nearly drowned is fighting a new battle, one that may require a life or death decision." />

A Local Family Facing A Life Or Death Decision For A Toddler

By: Cayle Thompson
By: Cayle Thompson

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A Local Family Facing A Life Or Death Decision For A Toddler
Feb. 9

The power of prayer and the race against time. The family of a local toddler who nearly drowned is fighting a new battle, one that may require a life or death decision.

Life hangs in the balance for two-year-old Brett Shively. Family and friends turn to a higher power for support. They have set up a website dedicated to the toddler and the power of prayer.

His family makes a passionate plea for people to pray like they've never prayed before. The doctor told them, "I am here to serve the living." He has already written off Junior as dead.

Two-year-old Brett Shively nearly drowned in a bathtub at a Haysville home on Saturday. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, not breathing. At Wesley, doctors revived him and he has been critical ever since.

Pictures on the website show his tiny body with tubes keeping him alive. Now Brett's family says they are in a race against time.

Paperwork states that the hospital or parents can get a second opinion from another doctor according to the web log. If that opinion lines up with the first doctor's then the first doctor can override what the parents say and do what he wants.

Wesley Medical Center says that is not the case. All of this is in reference to little Brett's life support. Online, the family says they now have 72 hours to find a second opinion that says Brett will live.

We tried to contact the Shively's through their church. The Living Word Outreach on Hillside has supported the family around the clock. A spokesman said nobody could speak on camera.

We also contacted Wesley Medical Center, which gave us this statement:

"We understand this tragic accident has left this family distraught, and patients and families are entitled to a second opinion if they disagree with their attending physician. The medical staff will use appropriate testing to determine the Shively baby's level of functioning and will discuss the results with the family before any action is taken."

Brett's family calls him a very affectionate child, loving hugs and never turning away kisses. He has an older brother & sister, ages four and five. They and thousands more are praying for a miracle.

Thursday doctors will sit down with the family and go over options at hand. Bret will turn three years old on February 24th.


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