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Texas Man Wants to End Pregnant Wife’s Life Support

Update Date: Dec 24, 2013 09:29 AM EST

Erick Munoz, a paramedic, wants to end life support for his pregnant wife Marlise Munoz who collapsed from a pulmonary embolism on Nov. 26.

However he wont be able to do so because of Texas law that places the rights of the 18-week-old fetus above the pre-stated desires of Marlise, reported PR Pick. 

In their home, Marlise collapsed from a pulmonary embolism and until the ambulance arrived, her paramedic husband performed CPR on her.

“They don’t know how long the baby was without nutrients and oxygen,” Erick told Fox News. “But I’m aware what challenges I might face ahead.”

Erick has claimed that he along with his wife, who was also a paramedic decided prior the accident that they did not want to be kept alive by machines. Therefore for keeping her wish he ants to turn off her life support.

Doctors might keep alive Marlise for the full term of the unborn baby.

“It’s hard to reach the point where you wish your wife’s body would stop,” added Erick.

Neither the husband nor wife has signed the Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form. But that makes no difference as the state law overrides the DNR.

According to the laws, Erick must get a judge to get the restraining order for ending her wife’s life support machines.

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