Life-Support Battle Over Pregnant Texas Woman Heads To Court
Is Marlise Munoz “nothing more than an empty shell,” as her husband says, contending she’s been brain dead since November and should be left to rest in peace?
Or is she and the fetus inside her worth sustaining using devices like a respirator and ventilator, as a Texas hospital has done?
Those overarching, complicated questions could be answered Friday, when lawyers for Munoz’s family square off in court with those representing Fort Worth’s John Peter Smith Hospital.
The court could provide closure to a wrenching story that started with a pregnant woman found unconscious on her kitchen floor. In the more than eight weeks since then, lying prone in a hospital bed, the 33-year-old became the focus of an intense, emotional debate about who is alive, who is dead, and how the presence of a fetus possibly changes the equation.