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#11 Texas girl at center of court battles over life support dies

Payton Summons was declared brain dead, but her parents want to keep her on life support.
(Fox 4 News)

A 9-year-old Texas girl stricken with cancer died Friday just hours after an appeals court ruled that the hospital where she was treated could not remove her from life support.

Payton Summons suffered from a tumor that affected her circulation, which stopped her from breathing on her own, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She was declared brain-dead at the hospital after suffering a heart attack last month.

"At Cook Children’s [Medical Center], we mourn the loss of any young life and we understand that this has been a difficult and heartbreaking time for this family," Winifred King, a spokeswoman for Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, said. "Out of respect for Payton and her parents we feel it inappropriate to comment at this time."

The Summons family believed their daughter could recover and had been through a series of court battles with the hospital over the care of their daughter.

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