Skip to comments.Pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman taken off life support
Posted on 01/26/2014 4:41:59 PM PST by BurningOak
A brain-dead Texas woman who was 22 weeks pregnant was removed from life support Sunday, and her body was expected to be turned over to her family, attorneys for her husband announced.
Marlise Muñoz, 33, had been on life support for about two months at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after falling unconscious in her home in November with a possible blood clot in her lung. Although she was brain dead, and considered dead under Texas law, the hospital refused to take her off life support, citing a state law that prohibits hospitals from suspending "life-sustaining treatment" for patients who are pregnant. Marlise Muñoz was about 14 weeks pregnant when she fell ill on Nov. 26.
Her husband, Erick Muñoz, sued the hospital for "cruel and obscene mutilation" of a dead body. On Friday, a state judge ordered the hospital to take her off life support by 5 p.m. Monday.
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My response begs description other than to say that this sort of benumbed action saddens me.
What an EVIL HUSBAND!!
The mother is dead, medically and ethically. All artificial machines can do is keep her lungs and heart beating. Is that enough to provide what a fetus needs to grow and develop until they are at a stage where they can live outside the womb?
So this is where we are?
If a judge tells you to murder someone, do you do it?
“Do no harm” means nothing anymore...
What about the “insurance”?
the medical answer is no... and the docs agreed with that
The family made the decision to stop supporting the mothers body after doctors diagnosed the child with severe deformities, brain damage and would not survive any type of birth. The child was severely damaged when the mother had her stroke. My suggestion is that some here on FR help the family pay for the medical bills which must be outstanding instead of calling the family murderers.
Didn’t the father call his wife a decaying corpse?
Great family. She is better off without them.
Perfect summary of the situation, but as you know, so many posters on these kinds of threads seem to have no concern about such things. They know what's morally right and damn it, don't bother us with such details!
BTW, would you hazard a guess as to how many would pony up for such a fund? I am guessing, very, very few.
it is the new ‘the price is right’
but they dont say ‘come on down’ it is now ‘how low can you go’
Wouldn’t survive birth because the baby needed a few more weeks to develop. Since when is “deformed” a death sentence.
Who was hurt by trying to let the baby develop?
You have no idea of what you are talking about and clearly no understanding whatsoever of basic human physiology. Comments such as yours undermine the pro-life movement by making it look like the abode of ignorant, unhinged cranks.
You have no idea of what you are talking about. Get a grip.
He said she smelled like death. This is not surprising considering she was dead. Dead people don't tend to smell very good. It is called decomposition and it is what happens when you die. It's not pretty. You might want to look it up if you can't understand this.
Read the first sentence of post #10 again. You missed something.
It’s not murder. The woman is brain dead.
Brain dead means dead. No activity. Not enough to keep her body alive. Machines do that. But not for long. These machines damage the body. The child was so damged, it would not survive.
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