Texas Hospital to End Care for Brain-Dead Woman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) -- A Texas hospital says it will follow a judge's order to remove life support from a pregnant, brain-dead woman.

J.R. Labbe, a spokeswoman for John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, issued a statement Sunday that said the hospital "will follow the court order" issued Friday in the case of Marlise Munoz.

Judge R.H. Wallace gave the Fort Worth hospital until Monday at 5 p.m. to comply with his ruling to remove 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 in the statement that it saw its role as "not to make nor contest law but to follow it."


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