Lawyers: Marlise Muñoz is not in a coma; she's dead

Marlise Muñoz

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Family members say 33-year-old Marlise Muñoz is brain dead and they want doctors at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth to remove her from life support. The hospital refuses because she is pregnant.

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Posted on January 18, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 10:29 AM

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We are hearing more from lawyers of the man fighting to have his pregnant wife, Marlise Muñoz, removed from life support at a Fort Worth hospital.

Erick Muñoz is suing JPS Hospital, where doctors are refusing to turn off the machines attached to his wife because of their interpretation of a state law that protects her unborn child.

Lawyers for Muñoz tell News 8 they are working tirelessly on the case, and they want people to understand that Marlise Muñoz is not in a chronic vegetative state, nor is she in a coma — they say she is dead.

Her body is 21 weeks' pregnant. At the 24-week mark, doctors plan tests to see if the fetus is viable.

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