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US hospital considers judge's order on brain-dead, pregnant woman

Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 1:24 PM    

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Hospital executives in North Texas are conferring with the district attorney's office to determine their next step following a judge's ruling that they must disconnect life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman.

John Peter Smith Hospital spokeswoman JR Labbe said Saturday that "discussions are ongoing" as administrators weigh the order a day earlier by Judge R H Wallace Jr. The hospital is owned by Tarrant County and is being represented in the contentious case by the DA's office.

Wallace agreed with a request by Erick Munoz to have life support removed for his wife, Marlise Munoz. She was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious on November 26, possibly due to a blood clot.

The hospital says it has a legal duty to protect the fetus and is considering an appeal.

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