DUBLIN, Ireland (NBC)— A pregnant woman was taken off life support on Friday, a controversial decision as abortion is the strictest law in the country, after courts ruled that her unborn baby was also bound to die.
The woman in her late 20’s was hospitalized months ago when doctors diagnosed her with a cyst in her brain.
But it wasn’t until she took a nasty spill on December 3rd that left her clinically dead with irreversible brain damage.
In their 29-page judgment, the judges accepted testimony from seven doctors who shared the view that the fetus couldn’t survive for the needed extra two months to be delivered safely. They detailed how the woman’s body was becoming a lethal environment rife with infections, fungal growths, and high temperatures and blood pressure.
Regardless of the family’s pleas to pull the plug earlier, doctors refused to do so for fear of being sued for negligence or even facing murder charges if they cut life-sustaining support for the fetus.