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Hospital considers judge's order on pregnant woman

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Hospital executives in North Texas are conferring with the district attorney's office to determine their next step following a judge's ruling that they must disconnect life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman.

John Peter Smith Hospital spokeswoman J.R. Labbe said Saturday that "discussions are ongoing" as administrators weigh the order a day earlier by Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. The hospital is owned by Tarrant County and is being represented in the contentious case by the DA's office.

Wallace agreed with a request by Erick Munoz to have life support removed for his wife, Marlise Munoz. 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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