Attorneys: Brain-dead woman’s fetus ‘abnormal’

Brain-dead woman's husband sues hospital

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for the husband of a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman being kept on life support say the fetus inside of her is “distinctly abnormal.”

Erick Munoz’s attorneys said in a statement Wednesday that the fetus that Marlise Munoz is carrying has several “abnormalities,” including a deformation of the lower body parts that make it impossible to determine its gender.

Attorneys Heather King and Jessica Hall Janicek say they’re basing their statement on medical records received from John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The hospital is keeping Marlise Munoz on life support against her husband’s wishes. Erick Munoz has sued the hospital.

The hospital says it’s following state law that says pregnant patients cannot be denied life-saving treatment.

Marlise Munoz was found unconscious in November, possibly from a blood clot.
Earlier Report:
A different judge will consider a North Texas man’s request to remove his pregnant, brain-dead wife from life support at a hospital.

A hearing has been scheduled Friday before state District Judge R.H. Wallace in Fort Worth in the case of Marlise Munoz.

Erick and Marlise Munoz are paramedics. He sued John Peter Smith Hospital last week saying his wife previously said she should be kept off life support and medical records show she’s brain dead.

The woman was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious in their Haltom City home in late November. The condition of her fetus is unclear.

Hospital officials contend Texas law bars removal from life support because the woman is pregnant.

Wallace received the case after another judge rescued herself without explanation.

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