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Hospital: No decision on order to end life support

January 26, 2014 • National News


Ernest and Lynne Machado, parents of Marlise Munoz, arrive to hear a judge’s ruling in their daughters life or death case at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Marlise Munoz is brain dead and on life support with their unborn grandchild at John Peter Smith Hospital. The judge has sided with the family of Marlise Munoz and ordered John Peter Smith Hospital to declare the pregnant woman dead and withdraw life support by 5 p.m. Monday. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Executives from a Texas hospital conferred with the county district attorney’s office Saturday to determine their next step, after a judge ordered the hospital to remove a pregnant, brain-dead woman from life support.

Officials from John Peter Smith Hospital and the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, which is representing the county-owned hospital, met to discuss Judge R. H. Wallace Jr.’s order regarding Marlise Munoz, hospital spokeswoman J.R. Labbe said. She declined to say whether a possible appeal was being discussed, but said an announcement wouldn’t come Saturday.

Both the hospital and family agree 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 could not be born alive this early in pregnancy. But the hospital says it’s obligated to protect the fetus, while Munoz’s husband, Login to read more

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