Brain-Dead Woman Off Life Support

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.”