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Marlise Munoz: Can a fetus survive after mother becomes brain-dead?
Marlise Munoz: Can a fetus survive after mother becomes brain-dead?

At the center of a dispute over whether a Texas hospital can keep a brain-dead woman on life support is a 21-week-old fetus. Marlise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband, Erick, discovered her lying unconscious on their kitchen floor in the middle of the night. The 33-year-old woman was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, “where doctors informed Erick that Marlise had lost all activity in her brain stem, and was for all purposes brain dead,” according to a civil court petition filed Tuesday in Tarrant County. That was on Nov. 26. In the seven weeks since, the hospital has kept  Munoz on life support – against the wishes of her family – in the hope that she may still...

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