In a case of first impression, a New Jersey judge has ruled that the family of a woman allegedly resuscitated against her wishes may sue the hospital and its staff for wrongful prolongation of life.

Morris County Superior Court Judge W. Hunt Dumont declined to grant summary judgment in favor of the key defendants, Morristown Medical Center, Dr. Andrew Youseff and several nurses for their role in prolonging the life of a patient named Suzanna Stica.

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