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Family of Brain Dead pregnant mother kept alive against everyone's wishes-How do you feel?

For many, the topic end of life decisions and right to life/choice are very very personal and sensitive. For one family in Texas, the occurrence of both are being ignored and instead state law is ruling supreme. 

Case Facts:

  • Erick Munoz of Fort Wort, Texas, found his wife Marlise unconscious on the kitchen floor on November 26
  • She had suffered a pulmonary embolism and has been brain dead since
  • Munoz and Marlise's mother are now suing the hospital who say that Texas law prevents them from turning off her ventilator, against their wishes
  • Mother of one, Munoz is now 20 weeks pregnant
  • It is unknown how the fetus was affected after Marlise was deprived of oxygen for an hour

Even if Marlise had a living will that specifically stated that in the case of her being brain dead and pregnant with a non-viable fetus that she would want the plug pulled, the State would override this legal document and impose their law. 


Do you think State Public Policy should override the family's desire? How about if there was a legal document testifying to Marlise's desires?

Do you think this hampers Estate Planners in Texas from giving their clients a peace of mind when drafting a Living Will?