Hospital Pulls Life Support for Brain-Dead Woman

It had til 5pm tomorrow to end care for Marlise Munoz or appeal

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 26, 2014 12:17 PM CST | Updated Jan 26, 2014 12:57 PM CST

(Newser) – The Texas hospital that has kept a brain-dead pregnant woman alive against her family's wishes has complied with Friday's court ruling to end life support for Marlise Munoz, lawyers for her family confirm. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth said earlier today in a statement that its role is "not to make nor contest law but to follow it," reports the AP. The hospital had until 5pm tomorrow to comply or file an appeal, notes the Star-Telegram. Munoz, who is 23 weeks pregnant with a "distinctly abnormal" fetus, has been hospitalized and on life support since before Thanksgiving.

Erick Munoz leaves court after a judge's ruling in his wife's life or death case at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)
In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 file photo, Erick Munoz stands with an undated photograph of himself with wife Marlise and their son Mateo, in Haltom City, Texas.   (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis, File)
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