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    Re: Judge: brain-dead pregnant woman to be removed from life support

    A Tarrant County judge Friday ruled in favor of the family of a brain-dead pregnant woman who wished to take the mother off life support.

    The ruling came after a brief hearing held Friday afternoon in a case that has drawn attention around the world. The judge said Marlise Munoz must be removed from life support by 5 p.m. on Monday and that the hospital can appeal.


    Munoz, 33, developed a blood clot, and in November, before controversy surrounded her brain-dead condition, Munoz was taken to JPS Hospital, 14 weeks pregnant with her second child.

    The hospital disagreed with the family's wishes to have her removed from life support, citing a Texas law that requires a pregnant woman to be kept on life support until the fetus is viable at about 24 to 26 weeks.

    The family of Munoz could be seen wiping away tears during Friday's hearing in a Tarrant County courtroom.


    Court documents filed on Friday by a family's lawyers and prosecutors representing a Ft. Worth hospital stated the fetus inside a brain-dead pregnant woman was "not viable."

    The court filing was the first time the hospital publicly acknowledged the deteriorating condition of the fetus and came just hours before the Friday afternoon hearing.

    Erick Munoz, Marlise's husband, filed his own two-page sworn affidavit Thursday.

    He begins by stating, "Since my wife's death on November 26th, 2013, I have had to endure the pain of watching my wife's dead body be treated as if she were alive."

    He goes on to say he is positive that his wife Marlise is dead and lists several reasons, saying in part, "When I bend down to kiss her forehead, her usual scent is gone, replaced instead with what I can only describe as the smell of death."

    He also says, "Her limbs have become so stiff and rigid due to her deteriorating condition that now, when I move her hands, her bones crack and her legs are nothing more than dead weight."

    Lawyers for the family on said Wednesday said in a court filing the fetus of Munoz "is distinctly abnormal" and its lower extremities deformed
    Bless this family. They have suffered in a way that is cruel.

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    Re: Judge: brain-dead pregnant woman to be removed from life support

    CNN is reporting that the judge has said that since Marlise Munoz was dead, the law did not apply.

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    Re: Judge: brain-dead pregnant woman to be removed from life support

    How unfortunate, for both people involved.
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    Re: Judge: brain-dead pregnant woman to be removed from life support

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    How unfortunate, for both people involved.
    What is unfortunate, the court decision ?

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    Re: Judge: brain-dead pregnant woman to be removed from life support

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    What is unfortunate, the court decision ?
    Of course, a life was taken due to it.
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    Re: Judge: brain-dead pregnant woman to be removed from life support

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Of course, a life was taken due to it.
    A life that should have been allowed to pass with the mother.

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    Re: Judge: brain-dead pregnant woman to be removed from life support

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    A life that should have been allowed to pass with the mother.
    Why? If her body would survive birth and that life brought out of the womb, allowing it to die was needless, cruel and unethical.
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    Re: Judge: brain-dead pregnant woman to be removed from life support

    Not much is known about fetal survival when mothers suffer brain death during pregnancy. German doctors who searched for such cases found 30 of them in nearly 30 years, according to an article published in the journal BMC Medicine in 2010.

    Those mothers were further along in pregnancy -- 22 weeks on average -- when brain death occurred than in the Texas case. Birth results were available for 19 cases. In 12, a viable child was born. Follow-up results were available for six, all of whom developed normally.
    Texas hospital ordered to remove life support from pregnant, brain-dead woman | Fox News

    I'd say that KNOWING that at least 6 of 30 babies in a similar circumstance developed normally would be a rather compelling reason NOT to pull the plug.

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    Re: Judge: brain-dead pregnant woman to be removed from life support

    My thoughts superficially were that I would have erred on the side of the family's wishes. However, I might add, I would never seek to qualify someone's life as "worthy" or "unworthy" without first-hand information or likelihood of survival immediately after birth. I thought such speculation was undue and demeaning.
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