After nearly two months of pleading for help, the family of Marlise Munoz has what it has wanted since she was declared brain dead.
The Fort Worth hospital that had been keeping Munoz alive for weeks because of a state law saying it had to because she was pregnant abided by a judge's order and ended life support late Sunday morning. Munoz family attorney Heather King says the family can finally have some peace.
“This was a sad situation all the way around. We are relieved that Erick Munoz can move forward with the process of burying his wife,” King told reporters after the judge’s order.
But before the hospital ended life support Texas State Representative Matt Krause told a Dallas television station he made a last ditch attempt to get the hospital to appeal the judge's order.
“At least try to get the hospital board to have an emergency meeting to discuss a possible appeal of the judge’s ruling,” Krause said.
In the end that didn't happen.
“We don’t know what kind of problems the baby would have faced, but at least the baby would have been given a chance at life,” Krause said.
While the Munoz family thinks the judge made the right call, pro-life activists say it was the wrong way to go.
“We would like to have seen this baby’s rights covered as well,” Kyleen Wright of the Texas for Life Coalition explained.
Late last week the Munoz family announced the baby had developmental issues and was 'distinctly abnormal.' Marlise Munoz was 33 years old.
Krause said end of life issues will likely come up again during the next legislative session in Austin in 2015.