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Family says brain-dead Texas woman off life support

Erick Munoz said his wife, Marlise, would not have wanted to remain on life support in such a situation.
Erick Munoz said his wife, Marlise, would not have wanted to remain on life support in such a situation.Ron T. Ennis/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram via Associated Press

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman’s body was removed from life support Sunday, as the hospital keeping her on machines against her family’s wishes acceded to a judge’s ruling that it was misapplying state law.

Marlise Munoz’s body soon will be buried by her husband and parents, after John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth announced it would not fight Judge R.H. Wallace Jr.’s Friday order to pronounce her dead and return her body to her family.

The hospital’s decision Sunday brings an apparent end to a case that became a touchstone for national debates about the beginning and end of life, and whether a pregnant woman who is considered legally and medically dead should be kept on life support for the sake of a fetus.

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