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6:24 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Fetus In North Texas Woman On Life Support Is 'Abnormal,' Family Attorneys Say

Attorneys for the husband of a pregnant North 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, saying his wife previously said she should be kept off life support and medical records show she's brain dead.

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

Marlise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious, possibly from a blood clot, in their Haltom City home in late November.

Meanwhile, a hearing has been scheduled Friday afternoon in Fort Worth regarding the case.