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Judge Quits Lawsuit Over Pregnant, Brain-Dead Woman

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    Photo of the Munoz family with their first child. Marlise Munoz is pregnant with the couple's second child.

    The judge in the case of a hospital's refusal to remove a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman from life support has recused herself from the lawsuit.

    State District Judge Melody Wilkinson recused herself Thursday from the lawsuit over the status of Marlise Munoz. Wilkinson offered no explanation and a message left at her home Thursday evening wasn't returned.

    Family Files Lawsuit to Remove Pregnant Woman Off Life Support

    [DFW] Family Files Lawsuit to Remove Pregnant Woman Off Life Support
    The fate of Marlise Munoz -- a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman -- and her fetus likely will be decided in a courtroom after her husband sued John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for keeping her on life support against his wishes. (Published Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014)

    Erick Munoz sued John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth on Tuesday, seeking his wife's removal from life support. He says his pregnant wife lost consciousness in November, and his attorneys said Thursday that Marlise Munoz's medical records confirm she's brain-dead. Both Munozes are paramedics who have chosen not to have life support in this situation.

    Pregnant, Brain-Dead Woman's Husband Sues Hospital

    [DFW] Pregnant, Brain-Dead Woman's Husband Sues Hospital
    The fate of Marlise Munoz -- a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman -- and her fetus likely will be decided in a courtroom after her husband sued John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for keeping her on life support against his wishes. (Published Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014)

    Hospital officials contend Texas law prohibits them from removing life support because the woman is pregnant.