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Update: Brain Dead Pregnant Texas Woman Has ‘Abnormal’ Fetus

By Julie S | Jan 24, 2014 09:50 AM EST

Update: Brain Dead Pregnant Texas Woman Has ‘Abnormal’ Fetus
When she was 32 weeks pregnant, a Tanzanian woman , found out that the development of the baby was being carried out in her abdomen. (Photo : Flickr)

The clinically brain-dead pregnant woman in Texas is carrying a "distinctly abnormal" fetus.

Marlise Munoz, 33; told her husband Erik that should tragedy strike, she wouldn't want to be attached on a life support. That tragedy happened in November 2013 while she was 14 weeks pregnant. Furthermore, when she fell unconscious, no one was available to rush her to the hospital - leaving her husband clueless on how long the fetus was deprived of Oxygen. Though the family was clueless of the exact cause, they were looking at the possibility of pulmonary embolism to explain the condition.

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Since she was residing in a state with uncompromising laws that keep a pregnant woman alive no matter what, the hospital declined her wish. Her case even sparked a debate between the law makers and abortion right activists.

Conversely, the case now is the fetus. In some test, it showed that it was not really doing and looking well.

In a statement provided by the family's legal counsel Heather King and Jessica Janicek, they said that "even at this early stage, the lower extremities are deformed to the extent that the gender cannot be determined. The fetus suffers from hydrocephalus. It also appears that there are further abnormalities, including a possible heart problem that cannot be specifically determined due to the immobile nature of Mrs. Munoz's deceased body."

"Quite sadly, this information is not surprising due to the fact that the fetus, after being deprived of oxygen for an indeterminate length of time, is gestating within a dead and deteriorating body, as a horrified family looks on in absolute anguish, distress and sadness, " they added.

A court hearing tackling the removal of the life support will be held on Friday.

Representatives of the John Peter Smith Hospital, where Munoz is currently confined in an intensive care unit, and the Tarrant County district attorney's office declined to comment until after Friday.

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