Skip to main content

It didn't seem like the story of Marlise Muñoz could get any sadder. The Texas woman—a paramedic, wife, and mother—was brain dead after a suspected blood clot, but kept hooked to life support against her and and her family's wishes because a Texas law prohibited taking a pregnant woman off of life support. Rather than being allowed to grieve, Muñoz's family was subjected to a court battle. Now, having won that awful battle, they could face staggering medical bills:

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Erick Muñoz acknowledged that he has been receiving medical bills at his home — although he’s not sure exactly what he will be expected to pay.

“They have not come to me and said how that’s going to work,” he told CNN. “But I believe I’ve heard several media outlets…saying that they’ve asked about that. They have asked that question. They said they would continue normal billing.”  

After ThinkProgress reached out to the John Peter Smith Hospital, a spokesperson explained that billing is part of Muñoz’s medical records, and is therefore covered under privacy laws. The hospital noted that although Eric Muñoz may say whatever he wants on the matter, its officials are not allowed to disclose details about billing unless he agrees to release his deceased wife’s medical records.

Marlise's husband, Erick Muñoz, and parents, Lynne and Ernest Machado, have been clear from the beginning that keeping Marlise hooked up to life support was against her wishes and theirs. Texas and the John Peter Smith Hospital violated those wishes, causing her family months of pain. They've had to fight to have her wishes fulfilled—they should not have to pay for the distorted, horrific sham of medical care that was forced on them.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:25 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Pat K California, Angie in WA State, Sylv, Radiowalla, Odysseus, teacherken, slinkerwink, Gooserock, Powered Grace, karlpk, just another vet, Wintermute, Jay C, xynz, JLFinch, susans, lippythelion69, annrose, whenwego, boadicea, gayntom, buckhorn okie, roses, Bill Roberts, Iberian, navajo, wader, Eyesbright, texasmom, niteskolar, Penny Century, inclusiveheart, econlibVA, zerelda, solesse413, llellet, marina, Tinfoil Hat, Lying eyes, ajsuited, dewtx, Brooke In Seattle, boofdah, bleeding blue, SaraBeth, Burned, jtg, JanL, cookseytalbott, seefleur, koNko, deha, arlene, aloevera, philipmerrill, twigg, MarciaJ720, Turbonerd, doingbusinessas, MadMs, bartcopfan, cpresley, john07801, BeninSC, Habitat Vic, ColoTim, FishOutofWater, HeartlandLiberal, Matt Z, deepeco, gchaucer2, billso, sable, Empower Ink, Robert Naiman, poligirl, Sixty Something, Involuntary Exile, Laughing Vergil, tofumagoo, Cassandra Waites, triplepoint, petulans, TexanJane, nokkonwud, magicsister, Mayfly, statsone, JBL55, Ellid, MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel, prettygirlxoxoxo, Throw The Bums Out, Carol in San Antonio, Calfacon, Jonohex, Keith Pickering, davespicer, Its the Supreme Court Stupid, commonmass, Ejeanbob1, rb137, FogCityJohn, NJpeach, gramofsam1, Observerinvancouver, catwho, dagnome, renzo capetti, pixxer, Puddytat, NYWheeler, cocinero, slice, no way lack of brain, Bluefin, Liberal Capitalist, spooks51, mikejay611, rg611, Nicci August, Nebraska68847Dem, trumpeter, IllanoyGal, Santa Susanna Kid, BarackStarObama, smoothnmellow, worldlotus, enhydra lutris, Liberal Mole, Joe Jackson, Hayate Yagami, ratcityreprobate, SteelerGrrl, stlsophos, joanbrooker, Alfreda89, jham710, nyer11Oak, Laurel in CA, Mathazar, Sister Inspired Revolver of Freedom, Pinto Pony, OldDragon, anodnhajo, sow hat, Siri, IndieGuy, Eric Nelson, a2nite, swampyankee, joeschmeaux, This old man, jan4insight, belinda ridgewood, Lilredhead, pittie70, etherealfire, cablecargal, dotdash2u, tn mountain girl, madcitysailor, Sue B, Lily O Lady, Blue Bell Bookworm, Chaddiwicker, newinfluence, Linda1961, Steve in the Library, gypsytoo, HedwigKos, Yo Bubba, Aunt Pat, Jollie Ollie Orange, Doodlebug9, ChristineM, Rich Lyles, karma5230, GeekGurl2000, eagleray, ExpatGirl, olpdog, RightHeaded, jbsoul, Penny GC, maddie2001, JohnMichaelBrennan, traditionalhomemaker

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site