Family behind "Simon's Law" talks about son's legacy after bill signing
JEFFERSON CITY - A family who fought for five years finally got their wish as the governor signed "Simon's Law".
Gov. Mike Parson signed the measure Thursday, after the bill worked its way through the legislature for five years.
The law, sponsored by Rep. Bill Kidd, R-Jackson, prohibits doctors from placing a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) on children without getting permission from the parents first.
Before this legislation, it was legal for doctors to not revive a child if they believed their efforts were unlikely to be successful.
Now, they have to provide those services like they would with any adult that had not signed a DNR.
Sheryl and Scott Crosier brought this to lawmakers’ attention after their son, Simon, died while under a St. Louis hospital’s care. He was born in 2010 and diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a developmental disorder.
The Crosiers said they pushed for the law so that families’ decisions to revive their children would be respected by physicians.
“No physician can ever do this to another parent again," said Cheryl Crosier, Simon's mom.
Gov. Parson echoed the same sentiment during his signing of the bill.
“For Simon and his family, we truly are making a difference and we're going to help somebody else out," he said.
Sheryl Crosier said that she grateful that the governor signed the bill into law because it means that the memory of Simon will live on.
"I say this all the time, but I can't bring him back, but if I can help another child, I will," she said.