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Brain-dead Texas woman taken off life support

A pregnant woman who lapsed into a brain-dead state late last year was removed from life support on Sunday after a Texas hospital complied with a judge’s order to disconnect her from the machines keeping her alive.

Marlise Munoz stopped receiving life-sustaining treatment at around 11:30 a.m local time (1:30 p.m. ET) and her body was released to her husband Erick, a statement from the family attorneys said Sunday. The fetus, which was at 23 weeks’ gestation, was not delivered.

 Erick Munoz had sued the hospital because it would not remove life support as he said his wife would have wanted in such a situation.

The family “will now proceed with the somber task of laying Marlise Munoz’s body to rest and grieving over the great loss that has been suffered,” the statement added. “May Marlise Munoz finally rest in peace, and her family find the strength to complete what has been an unbearably long and arduous journey.”

Munoz had been on life support John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, since November 26 after suffering what her husband believes was a pulmonary embolism. She was 14 weeks pregnant at the time.

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