Texas husband named brain-dead wife's fetus


DALLAS (AP) — Before a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman was taken off life support, her husband says he decided to name what would have been the couple's second child.

Erick Munoz told The Associated Press on Monday he gave the 23-week-old fetus the name of Nicole, his late wife's middle name. Munoz declined to say why he chose to name the fetus.

Marlise Munoz was taken off life support Sunday, two months after she fell unconscious at home, likely due to a blood clot.

The hospital had refused her family's wishes to unhook her from machines because it said state law required it to protect the fetus' life.

A judge on Friday had ordered her to be taken off life support by Monday.

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