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Judge rules hospital must remove pregnant woman from life support

By Elizabeth Learned,

Since November, the case regarding a pregnant woman being kept on life support despite being brain dead has been debated heavily. There have been arguments on all sides over whether she should be kept on life support due to her pregnancy. Now, a judge has ordered that the hospital keeping her alive must remove life support by Monday.

The ruling by Judge R.H. Wallace Jr. came two months after Marlise Munoz was found unconscious by her husband from what is suspected to be a blood clot, according to The Associated Press.

According to ABC News, there has been debate over Munoz’s case since the hospital felt they were bound by Texas Law, which prevented the removal of treatment to a pregnant patient. However, the judge ruled since Munoz was legally dead, the law didn’t apply.

It has also been reported that the unborn fetus has genetic abnormalities that were most likely present before Munoz suffered a blood clot. World News notes medical contributor and OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton as saying that due to lack of oxygen during the mother’s collapse as well as the abnormalities, “the two factors taken together could result in a situation that is incompatible with survival.”

 
 

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