Parents battle for custody after wife moves to have husband taken off life support

Terry Mace (Photo Courtesy: Carol Mace)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Terry Mace was placed on life support at Seton Medical Center Williamson after having a massive heart attack on March 6.

On March 22, his wife, Yvonne, flew in from Colorado and directed doctors to remove Mace, 43, from life support. The couple is also in the midst of a lengthy divorce.

Now, Mace’s parents have filed a lawsuit to gain guardianship of their son, and stop their daughter-in-law from making decisions on his behalf. Mace’s parents claim their son is not brain dead and deserves a chance to fight on his own to survive.

When the breathing ventilator was removed, Mace’s parents say their son immediately started to breathe on his own. They then filed a temporary restraining order against Yvonne to have the feeding tube reinserted. A judge agreed, and the tube was reinserted on Saturday.

Attorney Stephen Casey, who is representing Mace’s parents, says 18 days is not long enough to allow someone to fight for their life. He also says Mace is responding to people.

“There have been responses,” said Casey.” In fact, his cousin was on the telephone and the phone was put by his ear and immediately his eyes popped open and tracked to that ear where the phone was located.”

Mace’s wife currently has the potential to inherit money if he dies, Casey said.

“We found out that there is a will and Yvonne and her daughters stand to inherit a good bit of money,” Casey said. “That’s a huge conflict of interest in her making any decisions regarding his end-of-life care.”

The parents and wife of Terry Mace will face off in a courtroom on Thursday.

KXAN requested an interview with Yvonne Mace, but she has not responded to our request. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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