Hospital: No decision on order to end life support

by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press
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Ernest and Lynne Machado, parents of Marlise Munoz, arrive to hear a judge's ruling in their daughters life or death case at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Marlise Munoz is brain dead and on life support with their unborn grandchild at John Peter Smith Hospital. The judge has sided with the family of Marlise Munoz and ordered John Peter Smith Hospital to declare the pregnant woman dead and withdraw life support by 5 p.m. Monday. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

Ernest and Lynne Machado, parents of Marlise Munoz, arrive to hear a judge’s ruling in their daughters life or death case at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Marlise Munoz is brain dead and on life support with their unborn grandchild at John Peter Smith Hospital. The judge has sided with the family of Marlise Munoz and ordered John Peter Smith Hospital to declare the pregnant woman dead and withdraw life support by 5 p.m. Monday. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A spokeswoman for a Texas hospital says it won’t say Saturday whether it plans to appeal a judge’s order to take a pregnant brain-dead woman off of life support.

J.R. Labbe says John Peter Smith Hospital won’t announce a decision Saturday but she didn’t say when it might.

A judge gave the Fort Worth hospital until Monday at 5 p.m. to comply with his ruling to remove Marlise Munoz from life support, which her husband Erick Munoz says she would have wanted.

She was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious Nov. 26, possibly due to a blood clot.

The hospital says it has a legal duty to protect the fetus and is considering an appeal.

 

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