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Brain-Dead Woman Deserves to Die in Peace Even Though She's Pregnant

Posted by on Jan. 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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Brain-Dead Woman Deserves to Die in Peace Even Though She's Pregnant (VIDEO)

by Kiri Blakeley

A man who wants his pregnant wife taken off life support may finally get his way. Erick Munoz of Fort Worth, Texas, was distraught when his pregnant wife suffered a pulmonary embolism and collapsed while pregnant with their second child. Doctors have pronounced her brain dead, but the hospital refuses to take her life support -- which is what Erick says his wife, a former paramedic, would have wanted -- because Texas law probits ending a life if there is a potentially viable fetus involved. Erick's wife, Marlise, is now 20 weeks pregnant. And he and Marlise's mother are suing the hospital to have her taken off the machines keeping her and her baby alive.

Erick found Marlise collapsed on their kitchen floor when she was 14 weeks pregnant. Doctors believe she suffered a blood clot. She had been without oxygen on the floor for at least an hour. Erick knew that Marlise never wanted to be kept on a ventilator because he says they had discussed that before, both of them having seen things "out in the field" in their jobs as paramedics. They had also seen a relative die after being on machines and didn't want the same for themselves.

She has now been declared clinically brain dead, yet the hospital will not take her off life support because of the Texas law, which says that if a fetus is involved, life support can't be taken away. Right now, the hospital plans to keep Marlise on life support until she miscarries or she reaches 24 weeks, at which point the hospital can start labor, do a C-section, or see if she can carry the baby full term.

Reportedly, the baby so far still has a normal heartbeat, but doctors have no idea how much damage the baby may have suffered. Erick told ABC News:

They don't know how long the baby was without nutrients and oxygen. But I'm aware what challenges I might face ahead.

The hospital says it welcomes the lawsuit and a chance to figure out what to do in court. However, by the time a decision is made, the baby might be born. And in what condition, nobody knows. The hospital has probably not made an effort to find out, since it would not impact their ability to end the pregnancy.
 
Does anyone find it surreal that healthy women can abort a fetus at 14 weeks, but apparently not one who is brain dead?!
 
It's very unfair for a state to take over the wishes of a spouse. The husband is well aware that this baby might be completely disabled, and now his life is going to be taken up with that. I thought Texas was supposed to be all about individual rights -- but not if those rights trump a fetus, apparently.
 
Erick, Marlise's mother, and the couple's other child have already been through enough. Marlise should be allowed to go peacefully, as these were her wishes.
 
What do you think should be done?
by on Jan. 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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IhartU
by Gold Member on Jan. 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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If the unborn baby is so important, take the baby out and keep IT on support and let the mother go in peace. A woman is not an incubator and a potential life should not be more important.

slashteddy
by Bronze Member on Jan. 14, 2014 at 8:58 AM
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The hospital should follow the family's wishes.
KamWorthy
by Silver Member on Jan. 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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She's already gone. Why not see her body now as a sort of "organ" donation and save a babies life, her own child's.
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM
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The hospital is playing God. Without artificial machines/life, the lady is dead. The hospital and state needs to stop with the nonsense-

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Jan. 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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They are FOUR weeks from viability? The woman is not suffering. Why kill the baby? Let something good come out of this mess.
jllcali
by Jane on Jan. 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM
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The patient's wishes should have been respected.

Since the state of Texas feels it has the authority to disregard the patient's wishes, the state of Texas should foot the bill for every second of care for this woman and the fetus to include lifetime care of the child once it is born.
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM
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ABSOLUTELY!

Quoting jllcali: The patient's wishes should have been respected.

Since the state of Texas feels it has the authority to disregard the patient's wishes, the state of Texas should foot the bill for every second of care for this woman and the fetus to include lifetime care of the child once it is born.


romalove
by Roma on Jan. 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM
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Quoting TranquilMind: They are FOUR weeks from viability? The woman is not suffering. Why kill the baby? Let something good come out of this mess.

They were ten weeks from viability when this occurred.

Furthermore, there is a great likelihood that the fetus was denied oxygen and nutrients for a considerable enough time period to have been severely damaged.  There is a great possibility that there will not be something good but yet another tragedy coming.

We tell pregnant women all the time they shouldn't have even one drink, don't dye your hair, don't drink diet soda, don't smoke, make sure you do everything possible to have a healthy baby.

This baby is being incubated in a brain dead person.  Brain death is death.  The things that keep us healthy are not happening.

This is a horrible tragedy all around, but this woman already died and is not at peace, nor is her family.  

mickstinator
by on Jan. 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

This is disgusting. How is this not considered overstepping of personal choice by the government? Is that not what the people who put these laws into place say is their top priority? The government decided they are allowed to keep this woman alive despite her own wishes and that her of loved ones. Absolutely wrong. 

mickstinator
by on Jan. 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM
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Quoting KamWorthy: She's already gone. Why not see her body now as a sort of "organ" donation and save a babies life, her own child's.

Because it was not the family's or her own wishes? Is that not enough? Or do you get to play god when you like the cause?

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