Husband Of Brain-Dead Pregnant Texas Woman Sues Hospital

DALLAS (January 14, 2014) The husband of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to force a hospital to remove the woman removed from life support.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in state district court asks a judge to order John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth to remove life support for Marlise Munoz, a North Texas woman who fell unconscious in November while pregnant.

Her husband, Erick Munoz, said a doctor at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth told him his wife is considered brain-dead.

Munoz and his wife are both paramedics who agreed they would not want life support in this situation, but hospital officials say Texas law prohibits them from following Marlise Munoz's wishes because she is pregnant.

The lawsuit accuses the hospital of misapplying the law because Munoz is legally considered dead.

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