Hospital told to take pregnant woman off support

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - For two months, Erick Munoz has sat inside a North Texas hospital room with his wife's brain-dead body, with what would be their second child together growing inside her.

Now a judge has ruled that the hospital must follow Munoz's wishes and disconnect Marlise Munoz from life support. The hospital has refused to remove life support in hopes of saving the fetus inside her.

The judge's ruling Friday could allow Erick Munoz to bury his wife and move forward to care for their son and his relatives.

It would also mean the fetus would never be born.

Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. gave John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth until 5 p.m. CST Monday to remove life support. The hospital did not say Friday whether it would appeal.