PHOENIX — A distraught teen-ager disconnected his comatose brother's life-support system early today and held off doctors with a shotgun before surrendering after two hours, allowing doctors to reconnect the respirator.
After Robert Whipple, 19, was arrested at John C. Lincoln Hospital about 2 a.m. by a special police unit, doctors rushed to reconnect his brother--comatose after a drug overdose--to the machine. The brother remained in critical condition.
Hospital spokesman Conrad Thorn said Whipple entered the hospital at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, carrying a shotgun in a duffel bag. He went to the room of his brother, John Whipple, 28, and asked a nurse to take his brother off the life-support system.
The nurse summoned Dr. John Hennessee, who spent more than 10 minutes trying to talk Whipple out of disconnecting the system and refused to do it himself.