According to ABC News, the family of a pregnant woman who has been kept on life support against her family’s wishes since November is suing the Texas hospital that is keeping her brain dead body alive.
Marlise Munoz, a 33-year-old paramedic, was 14 weeks pregnant when a suspected pulmonary embolism left her brain dead two months ago. Doctors at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth told her family a Texas law forbade them from withdrawing life support until the baby’s birth or a miscarriage occurred.
According to the motion filed on January 14, another Texas law may trump the law that forbids the hospital from withdrawing life support. The Texas Health and Safety Code defines death as the “irreversible cessation of the person’s spontaneous respiratory and circulatory functions.” Since Munoz has lost all brain stem activity, this law could apply to her.
Munoz’s husband “vehemently” opposes continued life support, and would like to bury his wife. The hospital has interpreted the law in a way that “makes no sense and amounts to nothing more than the cruel and obscene mutilation of a deceased body against the expressed will of the deceased and her family,” the motion reads.
The family hopes that the judge orders the hospital to remove Munoz from life support, and that he finds that the law keeping her on it is unconstitutional.
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