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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 31, 2019 09:59 AM
From: Representative Aaron Bernstine
To: All House members
Subject: Simon’s Law
I plan to introduce legislation, known as Simon’s Law, requiring a health care professional or health care facility to notify parents prior to placing a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order for any patient under the age of 18, without written or oral consent of at least one parent or guardian.

Simon Crosier was born on September 7, 2010, in St. Louis, Missouri. Shortly after his birth, he was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. Simon passed away three months later of an apnea attack. While his parents (Sheryl and Scott Crosier) watched their son take his last breaths, they waited for someone at the hospital to provide emergency relief, but no one came.

After Simon’s death, Sheryl and Scott wanted to know why no one in the medical field was willing to save their son. Instead, they stood there and watched as he took his last breath. Later, Sheryl and Scott found a DNR had been placed in Simon’s medical file. Upon further review of his chart, they discovered he had been given “comfort feeds” and when he fussed, the medical team gave him sugar water. All of this took place without either parent’s knowledge.

It is my hope that we can further protect the rights of parents in our Commonwealth. I encourage you to join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB2111