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Munoz described in a signed affidavit Thursday what it was like to see his wife on life support: her glassy, "soulless" eyes; and the smell of her perfume replaced by what he knows to be the smell of death. He said he tried to hold her hand but can't.
with anti abortion groups arguing Munoz's fetus deserves a chance to be born.
Larry Thompson, a state's attorney arguing on behalf of the hospital Friday, said the hospital was trying to protect the rights of the fetus as it believed Texas law instructed it to do.
"Her limbs have become Adidas Originals La Trainer Infant 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," Munoz said.
Both the hospital and family agreed before Wallace's ruling that Marlise Munoz meets the criteria to be considered brain dead which means she is dead both medically and under Texas law and that her fetus, at about 23 weeks, could not be born alive this early in pregnancy.
In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 file photo, Erick Munoz stands with an undated copy of a photograph of himself, left, with wife Marlise and their son Mateo, in Haltom City, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star Telegram, Ron T. Ennis, File)
(Photo: Ron T. Ennis, AP)FORT WORTH, Texas The family of a brain dead, pregnant Texas woman said Sunday afternoon that she has been removed from life support following a judge's ruling that a Fort Worth hospital was misapplying state law in the case.
her body was released to her husband, Erick Munoz, and that the family is now looking to lay her body to rest. Labbe, a spokeswoman for John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, issued a statement saying the hospital "will follow the court order" issued Friday in the case of Marlise Munoz.
Legal experts interviewed by The Associated Press have said the hospital was misreading the law and that the law doesn't have an absolute command to keep someone like Munoz on life support.
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dead Texas woman off life support
But the hospital argued it was bound by Texas law that says life sustaining treatment cannot be withdrawn from a pregnant patient, regardless of her end of life wishes.
"From the onset, JPS has said its role was not to make nor contest law but to follow it," the statement says. "On Friday, a state district judge ordered the removal of life sustaining treatment from Marlise Munoz. Monday to comply with his ruling to remove Munoz from life support, which Erick Munoz says is what his wife would have wanted.
She was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious Nov. 26, possibly due to a blood clot.
Erick Munoz and his wife both worked as paramedics and were familiar with end of life issues. He insisted both were clear that they did not want to be kept alive by machines in this type of situation.
The case has raised questions about end of life care and whether a pregnant woman who is considered legally and medically dead should be kept on life support for the sake of a fetus. It also has garnered attention on both sides of the abortion debate, Adidas Prophere Green
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