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World turns attention to woman's fight to let son die at school

Rene Hoover's 14-year-old son, Alex, has a terminal heart condition. (Source: Family photo) Rene Hoover's 14-year-old son, Alex, has a terminal heart condition. (Source: Family photo)
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The story of a Limestone County woman pleading with a school system to not resuscitate her son if he collapses at school has gained national and international coverage.

We first told you about Rene Hoover and her son Alex Nov. 5. In that report, Hoover said she wants Alex to go to school and be with the teachers and friends he loves, but that she can't let him if the school district won't follow her wishes.

Alex has a terminal heart condition and is autistic. She wants the school district to refrain from trying life-saving measures should Alex suffer a cardiac arrest on campus.

MORE: Mom pleads with school to allow 'Do Not Resuscitate' order

Media outlets across the country and beyond have since picked up on this complicated story. Rene will be a guest on an upcoming episode of syndicated talk show "The Doctors."

Her appearance comes on the heels of similar coverage on "CBS This Morning," Fox, NBC, "Time" and "People."

The attention to Alex's story has also reached international waters, with reports on his condition and his mother's fight covered in the European press, including the UK's "Daily Mail."

Rene's doctors advise that if Alex does suffer cardiac arrest at school and is revived, his quality of life will be very low. She obtained an advance directive asking that if he does go into cardiac arrest, to let him die.

Limestone County school officials have said that no law currently touches that type of situation, and they cannot simply follow her wishes.

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