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Grand Prairie girl who died on life support at FW hospital will be buried Saturday

Services for Payton Summons, a girl who died in the middle of a court battle between her parents and a Texas hospital after each took different sides in a fight about life and death, will be Saturday morning in Grand Prairie.

The public is welcome to attend, her mother, Tiffany Hofstetter, said.

“Just because Payton is not living in the flesh anymore doesn’t mean we are not going to carry on in her spirit,” Hofstetter said. “Payton always wanted to bring people together. It’s what she would have wanted.”

Services for Payton will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John Unleashed Church, 1701 W. Jefferson St., in Grand Prairie with visitation from 7:15 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. on Friday at Golden Gate Funeral Home, 5701 E. Loop 820 in Fort Worth. Public viewing at Golden Gate will begin at 4 p.m. Friday.

Her burial will be in Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens.

Hofstetter said she blames Cook Children’s Medical Center for not doing more to keep their daughter alive. The family was fighting to save Payton and obtained multiple court decisions that gave them time to find another place to treat her, Hofstetter said. But the hospital did not believe Payton could be saved, she said.

“... Cook Children’s is bound by the confidentiality requirements of HIPAA, and Payton’s family has revoked our ability to provide accurate information about her condition,” the hospital said in a statement. “Therefore, we cannot provide any further response at this time.”

State District Judge Melody Wilkinson issued a temporary restraining order on Oct. 1 that stopped the hospital from removing Payton from the ventilator and extended her order until Oct. 22. Payton’s heart stopped on Oct. 19 while she was still connected to the ventilation. Hofstetter said she should never have listened to hospital officials before getting an attorney.

“They did not give her any medicine and they did not treat her,” Hofstetter said. “Payton came in with a mass in the chest that was stopping her from breathing. How was she supposed to get better if she never received any treatment.”

Payton was born to Joseph Summons and Tiffany Hofstetter in North Richland Hills on May 2, 2009, and was a fourth-grade student at East Fort Worth Montessori Academy, her family said in her obituary.

“Her greatest aspiration was to become a veterinarian,” the obituary said. “Payton, who will always be affectionately remembered as “PJ” by her family and friends, loved animals and enjoyed participating in animal care at her school.“

Payton developed an affection for making gooey slime and cooking. She was also an avid softball player and played for the Sassy Sluggers and Lady Rangers softball teams in Grand Prairie the past three years.

Payton is survived by her parents, Joseph Summons of Fort Worth and Tiffany (Sergio Saenz) Hofstetter of Grand Prairie; her brother, Malachi Summons of Little Rock; and her sisters, Paisley Saenz and Mia Saenz, both of Grand Prairie; her grandparents, Marilyn Summons of Fort Worth, Tommy Goins of Little Rock, Barbara (Michael) McPherson of Mertzon and Jimmy (Laura) Williams of Fort Worth.

Flowers and donations should be sent to Golden Gate Funeral Home. Femecca Jackson, funeral director, can be contacted at 817-478-9555 regarding monetary donations, the obituary said.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3
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