Emilio Gonzales

 

 

Age: 19 months

 

Summary: Texas boy whose terminal illness started a contentious legal and ethical debate over who decides when life-sustaining treatment should cease, who had been on a respirator since December 2006 after being diagnosed with Leigh's disease, a progressive illness that destroys brain functions, but whose mother had fought in court to continue his medical care while doctors said there was no hope of recovery and sought to remove him from life support.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from Leigh's disease

 

Born: November 3, 2005

 

Died: May 19, 2007

 

Location: Austin, Texas