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Brain-dead Texas woman's foetus 'abnormal', lawyers say

Published on Jan 23, 2014 1:15 PM

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

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