62 Days

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Marlise Muñoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she died.  She suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead in a hospital in Fort Worth, TX. Marlise and her husband, Erick, were both paramedics, and had discussed their end-of-life wishes should they ever be in this situation. Marlise was clear: she did not want to be on life support, under any circumstances. And since a brain-dead patient is in fact legally dead, that should have been the end of this sad story. But the Muñoz family was forced to keep Marlise on mechanical support against their will because of a little-known Texas law that states “a person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment… from a pregnant patient.” 62 Days is a suspenseful and emotional short film that presents an intimate portrait of a family in crisis, and reveals a growing political trend. The film follows the Muñoz family’s journey from private loss, to unwanted media attention, and finally towards activism as they fight to change this law.

2017

USA

29 minutes

Director: Rebecca Haimowitz

Producer: Rebecca Haimowitz

Executive Producers: Abigail E. Disney, Gini Reticker

Editor: Rabab Haj Yahya

Rebecca Haimowitz (Director, Producer)

Date

July 13, 2020