Jeffrey Spike quoted in the New York Times
In Fort Worth, TX, a controversial case has unfolded. In November, a young woman, aged 33, collapsed in her home from an apparent blood clot in her lungs. After being taken to John Peter Smith Hospital and placed on life support, the controversy began. The patient, Marlise Munoz, is brain-dead and pregnant. Citing a Texas law requiring hospitals to maintain life-sustaining treatment for pregnant patients, the hospital has kept Mrs. Munoz’s body alive. Now at 20 weeks into the pregnancy, many are weighing in on whether keeping the patient on life support is ethical. Jeffrey Spike, PhD, was asked to comment on the case by The New York Times.