Pregnant Texas Woman Who Was Brain Dead is Removed From Life Support

Marlise Munoz and family

Marlise Munoz, the 33-year-old pregnant Texas woman who was brain dead, has been removed from life support.

According to People, John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth disconnected Marlise's body at approximately 11:30 a.m. central time on Sunday, per a judge's order. The judge ruled on Friday that the hospital was misapplying state law to disregard her family's wishes.

"The Munoz and Machado families will now proceed with the somber task of laying Marlise Munoz's body to rest, and grieving over the great loss that has been suffered," a statement released by attorneys on behalf of her husband, Erick, and family said. "May Marlise Munoz finally rest in peace, and her family find the strength to complete what has been an unbearably long and arduous journey."

Marlise was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious on November 26. Doctors said Marlise's condition was likely brought on by a pulmonary embolism.

She quickly became the subject of national debate after her family filed a lawsuit against John Peter Smith Hospital on January 14.

Larry Thompson, a state attorney who argued on behalf of the hospital, said John Peter Smith was protecting the rights of the fetus. "There is a life involved, and the life is the unborn child," he said.

But, according to People, attorneys for the family noted the fetus was determined to be "distinctly abnormal," suffering from hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and so deformed at 21-week gestation that the baby's gender could not be determined.