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Texas hospital sued for keeping pregnant woman on life support despite family’s objections

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 20 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g333
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The husband of a woman who has been kept on life support in a Texas hospital because she is pregnant has filed a suit against the hospital, claiming that it is violating Texas law by continuing to treat someone who is “clinically and legally” dead.

The woman, Marlise Muñoz, is a 33 year old mother of one who collapsed at her home on 26 November 2013. She was found without a pulse by her husband, Erick …

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