27.10.2015

Pregnant woman off life support

Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child when her husband found her unconscious on their kitchen floor November 26. The distraught father of a brain dead woman, kept alive because she is 18 weeks pregnant, has begged a Dublin court to switch her life support machine off. Doctors feared that if they turned off the woman’s life support that they would contravene Article 8 of the Irish Constitution, which states that the fetus has the same constitutional right to life as the mother.The father, who has not been named, stated “My daughter is dead. Seven doctors, including some of Ireland’s leading physicians, testified in support of the father and stated that there was very little hope that the fetus would be viable.A specialist in intensive care, Dr.
A judge ruled the brain-dead pregnant woman who has been kept alive at a hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, will be taken off life support. COMMENTEMAILMOREA judge has ruled that a brain-dead pregnant woman in Texas must be taken off life support by 5 p.m.
The three-judge Dublin High Court said that all artificial support for the woman should end more than three weeks after she was declared clinically dead.
Doctors refused family pleas to turn off a half-dozen machines that regulated oxygen, blood flow, nutrition and waste collection, citing fears they could be sued for negligence or even face murder charges if they cut life-sustaining support for the fetus. Other doctors described the woman as a corpse unrecognizable from the photo by her bedside. The Catholic Church questioned why secular authorities had not established clear guidelines for cases where a woman dies and doctors determine that the fetus can't survive on its own.


They said Ireland's ban on abortion commits authorities to defend equally the right to life of the mother and unborn child. Ireland's main anti-abortion group, the Pro Life Campaign, said requiring such cases to go to court "is a sign of a healthy democracy" and demonstrated that Ireland treats matters of life and death seriously. Irish doctors have appealed for decades for clearer guidelines on when they may terminate a pregnancy. Though doctors had pronounced her brain dead and her family had said she did not want to have machines keep her body alive, officials at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth had said state law required them to maintain life-sustaining treatment for a pregnant patient. Her relatives gathered at a hospital in the Irish Midlands to bid farewell to the unidentified woman, who was in her late 20s and had two young children. The doctors detailed how the woman's body was becoming a lethal environment rife with infections, fungal growths, fever and high blood pressure. But lawyers representing the rights of the woman and of the fetus said they accepted the ruling from the country's second-highest court.
But Dublin's archbishop had suggested before the decision came down that he would have no objection to removing life support.
Another noted that the body was being pumped with drugs never authorized for use on a pregnant woman and described what they were doing as experimental and, if it persisted, grotesque. That applies both to the woman and to the child," said Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who spoke before Friday's ruling and declined to comment on the specific case.


The relation between a woman and a child is a relationship, and it is very clear that one has to examine at what stage is this fetus, what are the possibilities," he said. Parliament passed the law last year after a 31-year-old woman, suffering a protracted miscarriage, was refused an abortion and died of blood poisoning. The case has raised sensitive life and death issues complicated by revelations last week that Munoz's fetus is abnormal.Husband Erick Munoz found his wife unconscious on Nov.
He has said that she told him if she ever was in her present condition, she did not want to be kept alive.The hospital maintained it was bound by state law that forbids withdrawal of treatment from a pregnant woman. Several experts interviewed by The Associated Press have said the hospital is misapplying the law.The case has raised questions about end-of-life care and whether a pregnant woman who is considered legally and medically dead should be kept on life support for the sake of a fetus. German doctors who searched for such cases found 30 of them in nearly 30 years, according to an article published in the journal BMC Medicine in 2010.Those mothers were further along in pregnancy - 22 weeks on average - when brain death occurred than in the Texas case.



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