How Texas Family Is Mourning Marlise Munoz, Now That Life Support Pulled


According to the suit, the hospital interpreted the law in a way that "makes no sense and amounts to nothing more than the cruel and obscene mutilation of a deceased body against the expressed will of the deceased and her family."

The lawsuit also questioned whether the law was constitutional, but the judge did not make a ruling.

Because John Peter Smith Hospital is a local public hospital, the Tarrant County District Attorney's office represented it. On behalf of the hospital, the office filed its response to the suit on Jan 17, in which it denied all allegations. But after the ruling, it released a statement that it would not file an appeal.

The family's heartbreak began on Nov. 26, when Munoz got out of bed in the middle of the night because her 14-month-old son, Mateo, began to cry, Machado said. When the baby continued to cry and Munoz didn't return, Munoz's firefighter husband got up too. That's when he found Munoz on the kitchen floor. She was not breathing and had no pulse. Her skin had taken on a bluish color, Machado said.

Doctors suspect she had a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot in the lungs, but they won't know until an autopsy can be performed, Machado said.

"It's hard to reach the point where you wish your wife's body would stop," Erick Munoz told ABC News' Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate WFAA-TV.

The local firefighters in Crowley, Texas, who call firefighter Erick Munoz a "brother," banded together to offer as much support as they could. They'd already brought him two truckfuls of donated baby food and clothing for the couples other son, 14-month-old Mateo, and had raised nearly $7,000 to help cover his wife's medical expenses by Christmas.

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