Parents want pregnant daughter taken off life support

12:58 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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(WFAA) -- Since November 26, every heartbeat for Marlise Muñoz has been assisted by machines. Marlise was 14 weeks pregnant when she was found unconscious on her kitchen floor by her husband.

She was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where family members said doctors suspected she suffered a pulmonary embolism, but didn't know with complete certainty.

Marlise has been on life support since that day in November, and it has been a very difficult five weeks for the family.

"There was a lot of twinkle in our eyes, and a lot of smiles and laughter and... not anymore," said Lynne Machado, Marlise's mother. "It's just barely getting through the day."

Doctors couldn't honor her family's wishes to take her off life-support because of a state law protecting the unborn fetus. Tests are done daily on the fetus, and results show a normal heartbeat.


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