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The new $1.3 billion Parkland hospital is just the tip of the iceberg. Hospital construction has reached unprecedented levels in North Texas.

The Dallas medical district now has a skyline of its own.

The new Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital are the latest projects in a health care building boom that’s not projected to slow down any time soon.

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A man from Keller who died two years ago has left a lasting, even historic, legacy. That's because Ian Heidemann was an organ donor. In a rare, experimental surgery, one of his hands is now attached to a recipient who traveled from Indiana to Fort Worth Tuesday. At John Peter Smith Hospital, the farmer thanked the medical staff and the donor's family. As part of our Breakthroughs Initiative, he also talked with KERA.

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Marlise Muñoz, the North Texas woman who was brain dead and pregnant, has been removed from life support, her family said Sunday.

And now, after two months of visiting his wife in the hospital, Erick Muñoz can proceed with laying her body to rest.

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A state district judge has ruled that Marlise Muñoz, the brain-dead North Texas woman who’s 22 weeks pregnant, must be removed from life support by 5 p.m. Monday.

The decision Friday afternoon comes after John Peter Smith Hospital declared publicly for the first time that Muñoz has indeed been brain dead since late November. The hospital also says the fetus inside Muñoz is "not viable."

For weeks, hospital officials had said she isn’t dead and that her condition is serious.

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The husband of a pregnant North Texas woman on life support is suing the hospital to have her removed from life support.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in state district court asks a judge to order John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth to remove life support for Marlise Muñoz, a Haltom City woman who fell unconscious in November while pregnant.

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Some North Texas hospitals will lose Medicare money starting in October. They’re being penalized because certain elderly patients were readmitted to the hospital soon after being discharged.