Wednesday lawyers representing the Munoz family released very limited public information from diagnostic report about the health of the fetus and the results are not good news. The law states that a pregnant woman should be keep on life support until twenty-four weeks and this now week twenty-two. Here is the lawyers public statement¹:

"We are in receipt of medical records providing more specific information regarding the condition of the fetus. The Munoz and Machado families feel this information is highly private and extremely sensitive, and although we believe it has no legal relevance to the pending litigation, we believe just as strongly that there be absolutely no misconception about the condition of the fetus or the status of Marlise Munoz's deceased body. According to the medical records we have been provided, the fetus is distinctly abnormal. 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. We reiterate, our client's position is that the statute prohibiting the withholding of life sustaining measures from a pregnant patient does not apply to the dead. Were that to be true, then it would be incumbent upon all health care providers to immediately conduct pregnancy tests on any woman of child bearing age who becomes deceased, and upon determining the deceased body was pregnant, hooking the body up to machines in an attempt to continue gestation. Surely, such a result was never intended nor should it be inferred."

Munoz's family sued John Peter Smith hospital last week and this Friday a judge will hear arguments of the case and make a decision about discontinuing life support. Texas is not the only state² with a law that requires pregnant women be kept on life support to preserve the life of a fetus against the wishes of families or the woman.

These are links to documents that have disturbing images, view at your own discretion.

Here are examples of brain death, this document from the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine "A CLINICO-NEUROPATHOLOGIAL STUDY ON BRAIN DEATH"³ with detailed information and varied images brain death. Here a graphic example of "respirator brain"⁴ (cerebral autolysis) which is not for the faint of heart.

¹The statement was quoted from myFOXdfw.com (KDFW)

² The link to the study was found in this New York Times article and it directly links to a portable document file on the Center for Women's Policy Studies site.

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3 This is a direct link to the portable document file and it is in the English language.

⁴ Search for "respirator brain" to see the image.

Edited to change the grammar in the title.

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