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Hospital: No Decision on Order to End Life Support

By: Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press Email
By: Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press Email

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) UPDATE (1/25): A spokeswoman for a Texas hospital says it won't say Saturday whether it plans to appeal a judge's order to take a pregnant brain-dead woman off of life support.

J.R. Labbe says John Peter Smith Hospital won't announce a decision Saturday but she didn't say when it might.

A judge gave the Fort Worth hospital until Monday at 5 p.m. to comply with his ruling to remove Marlise Munoz from life support, which her husband Erick Munoz says she would have wanted.

She was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious Nov. 26, possibly due to a blood clot.

The hospital says it has a legal duty to protect the fetus and is considering an appeal.

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ORIGINAL STORY (1/24): 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.

Erick Munoz says he and his wife are paramedics who were clear that they didn't want life support in this type of situation. His attorney argued that keeping the woman alive would set a dangerous precedent.

But John Peter Smith Hospital had argued that it had to protect the life of the unborn child.


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