n Without Prejudice - Pulling the plug - medical law

Volume 19 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1681-178X


In November 2013, Marlise Munoz, a 33-year-old pregnant Texan woman, collapsed in the kitchen of her family home. She was found by her husband an hour later and subsequently rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital. She was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and declared clinically brain dead. Her husband requested the hospital remove her life support. However the hospital declined as it wished to keep her on life support until the foetus was viable or eventually died. Naturally, the case sparked controversy within the medical ethics community.

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