Judge Quits Lawsuit Over Pregnant, Brain-Dead Woman

Friday, Jan 17, 2014  |  Updated 6:34 AM EDT
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Photo of the Munoz family with their first child. Marlise Munoz is pregnant with the couple's second child.

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Family Sues to Pull Pregnant Woman Off Life Support

The fate of Marlise Munoz -- a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman -- and her fetus likely will be decided in a courtroom after her husband sued John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for keeping her on life support against his wishes.

Pregnant, Brain-Dead Woman's Husband Sues Hospital

The fate of Marlise Munoz -- a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman -- and her fetus likely will be decided in a courtroom after her husband sued John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for keeping her on life support against his wishes.
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The judge in the case of a hospital's refusal to remove a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman from life support has recused herself from the lawsuit.

State District Judge Melody Wilkinson recused herself Thursday from the lawsuit over the status of Marlise Munoz. Wilkinson offered no explanation and a message left at her home Thursday evening wasn't returned.

Erick Munoz sued John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth on Tuesday, seeking his wife's removal from life support. He says his pregnant wife lost consciousness in November, and his attorneys said Thursday that Marlise Munoz's medical records confirm she's brain-dead. Both Munozes are paramedics who have chosen not to have life support in this situation.

Hospital officials contend Texas law prohibits them from removing life support because the woman is pregnant.

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