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    Judge: Cut Woman's Life Support

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 9:  A monitor displays an Intensive Care patient's vital signs in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal North Shore Hospital March 9, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Each year, around 148,000 people are admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU's) across Australia and New Zealand with 86% of adults and 97% of children surviving after being admitted. ICU teams care for people who are critically ill with major illnesses, and injuries such as heart attack, pneumonia, stroke, traffic accidents, burns, trauma, organ transplant and complicated surgery. The Intensive Care Foundation will in April hold an appeal to raise money and community awareness of the work achieved in ICU's across Australasia.  (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

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    A brain-dead, pregnant woman whose case has inspired countrywide debate has been ordered off life support. A judge told a Texas hospital to stop life-sustaining measures for Marlise Muñoz after her family asked the court to pull the plug when the hospital refused to do so. Muñoz has been hospitalized since before Thanksgiving, and tests have shown her fetus is "distinctly abnormal." Her husband wrote in an affidavit that he has “had to endure the pain of watching my wife’s dead body be treated as if she were alive.”

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