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Brain-dead Texas woman’s fetus ‘abnormal,’ lawyers say

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014
AFP

WASHINGTON- The foetus being carried by a pregnant American woman already declared brain dead is "distinctly abnormal," her family's lawyers said Wednesday.

The body of Marlise Munoz, 33, has been maintained with technology for almost two months because of her pregnancy.

She collapsed at her Texas home in late November due to a possible pulmonary embolism as she got up care for her first-born son, who is now 15 months old.

Munoz, who is under care at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, was declared dead there based on neurological criteria, meaning her brain can no longer keep her body alive and functioning.

But state law demands she be kept alive so long as she is pregnant.

Her family maintains that she is dead, and should be disconnected from life support. Munoz was admitted to the hospital on November 26.

Attorneys for her family said medical records on the foetus showed a discouraging outlook.

"According to the medical records we have been provided, the foetus is distinctly abnormal," attorneys Heather King and Jessica Janicek said in a statement.

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