Brain-Dead Woman Off Life Support

    Erick Munoz, center, husband of Marlise Munoz is escorted by attorneys as he walks to 96th District Court Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.  A judge has ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman. Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. issued the ruling Friday in the case of Marlise Munoz. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has been keeping Munoz on life support against her family's wishes. Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious Nov. 26, possibly due to a blood clot. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)


    After a long legal battle, Marlise Munoz was taken off her ventilator today. The 33-year-old Texas woman had been on life support for two months and was believed to be 22 weeks pregnant. Her husband, Erick, found her unconscious on November 26 at home, possibly due to a blood clot. Mr. Munoz said that Marlise had stated she would not want to remain on life support if she was ever in the state she was in, but he struggled to have his wife taken off life support against what the hospital believed was “the demands of a state statute.” The case was complicated by the fact she was pregnant, though records reportedly show the fetus is “distinctly abnormal.”

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