Judge orders Texas hospital to remove brain-dead woman from life support

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TARRANT COUNTY, Texas – A judge in Texas ruled in favor of the family of a brain-dead pregnant woman who wanted to take her off life support.

It’s a case that had drawn national attention.

Officials say 33-year-old Marlise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when she developed a blood clot.

She was rushed to the hospital but was soon found to be brain-dead.

The family wanted to remove her from life support.

However, the hospital disagreed, citing a Texas law that requires a pregnant woman to be kept on life support until the fetus is 24 to 26 weeks.

Erick Munoz, Marlise’s husband, filed an affidavit.

It read in part, “Since my wife’s death on Nov. 26, 2013, I have had to endure the pain of watching my wife’s dead body be treated as if she were alive. ”

He also stated, “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. 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.”

According to WFAA, court documents filed by a family’s lawyer and prosecutors said the fetus was “not viable.”

Experts say it is the first time the hospital publicly acknowledged the condition of the fetus.