Over the weekend, a Texas district judge ruled that pregnant, brain-dead patient Marlise Munoz be taken off life support. John Peter Smith Hospital had refused to do so beforehand, citing a Texas bill that prohibits the withdrawal of life support from pregnant women.
The real question in this case was whether the baby could have survived. He or she was 14 weeks old when Mrs. Munoz suffered from a blood clot in November 2013. On Sunday, she was in her 22nd week of development.
The child suffers from hydrocephalus, heart problems, and lower-body deformities. According to the New York Times, a few people had offered to adopt the baby after its birth.
I hope the Munozes are at peace after this terrible tragedy.