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Yes, Brain Death Means You Are Really Dead! by Bob Aronson Patient Expert Posted Wed 16 May 2012 8:16am Are brain dead patients really dead?  That’s the question many people are asking because of stories circulated by irresponsible journalists, TV shows and movies who seek sensational plots and people who just refuse to acknowledge the facts. The simple answer to this question is, “Absolutely.  If you’ve been declared brain dead by a qualifie ... Read on »
Brain Death, Organ Donation and Family Disagreement –How Is It Handled? by Bob Aronson Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Dec 2013 1:19pm A note from Bob Aronson This account of the organ donation process was published by the American Medical Association in 2005.  While some of the information is dated the process described here is for the most part still followed in most states by medical professionals and Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs). This story is a very ... Read on »
Second Brain Death Exam Unnecessary, Study Finds by Medline Plus Posted Wed 15 Dec 2010 4:00pm Families sometimes have to endure an extra day or more of waiting for final diagnosis Wednesday, December 15, 2010 WEDNESDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Making families wait for a second exam to confirm a brain death diagnosis is not only unnecessary but may make it less likely that the ... Read on »
Brain Death vs. Cardiac Death in Organ Donors by Linda MacDonald Glenn Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Sat 23 Aug 2008 3:10pm A recent article in The Washington Post titled Infant Heart Transplant Controversy Continues reports the results of recent heart transplant surgeries using hearts from donors who experienced cardiac death. We're familiar with organ donation after a patient has been declared brain dead. However, organs can also be used for transplantation a ... Read on »
"Brain Dead" Boy "Dies" by Wesley J. Smith Patient Expert Posted Tue 23 Dec 2008 9:14pm The case of M.B., the 12-year-old boy whose Orthodox Jewish parents sought to have his life support continued after he was declared dead by neurological criteria, is over. From the story: The boy had already been declared brain dead, but some adherents of Jewish religious law say death occurs only when the heart and lungs stop functioning. ... Read on »
Media Again Misuse the term "Brain Death" by Wesley J. Smith Patient Expert Posted Thu 21 May 2009 11:07pm Sigh. We have repeatedly discussed the sloppy language used by media to discuss crucial moral issues--which is important because of the power of lexicon to materially impact our views. Now, the BBC is the latest media outlet to misuse the term "brain death," to apply to a South Korean patient in a PVS whose life support removal has been authorized ... Read on »
6th International Symposium on Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted Thu 04 Apr 2013 8:57pm The 6th International Symposium on Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness will be held, in Havana, Cuba, on December 3-6, 2013.  There are two main themes: BRAIN DEATH Conceptual approach to human death BD criteria in different countries Ancillary tests in BD Autonomic nervous system assessment in BD BD in ch ... Read on »
New President's Council Report on Brain Death by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted Wed 14 Jan 2009 5:55pm The President's Council on Bioethics has released its 168-page white paper on brain death, titled Controversies in the Determination of Death. In the cover letter to the President, the Chair explains "After reviewing the relevant literature and the testimony of many experts, followed by intensive discussion between and among its members, the Cou ... Read on »
Neurologist Testimony of Healing After Brain Death by Dave H. Posted Wed 15 Aug 2012 9:00am This is a powerful testimony from a neurologist, who was paged to go to a hospital to confirm the brain death of a young woman who had a brain tumor. The patient suffered herniation and the neurosurgeon declared her brain-dead. She was being prepared as an organ donor. After praying with her friend, the doctor drove to the hospital. On the way ... Read on »
Doing Fine after Brain Death Diagnosis: Glora Cruz by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted Thu 12 May 2011 2:06pm 1 Comment Gloria Cruz had a stroke in her sleep on March 7 and was rushed to  Royal  Darwin  Hospital   She was later diagnosed as being "brain dead" by a team of doctors.  But her distraught husband Tani begged them not to switch off her ventilator.  A doctor finally agreed to put a breathing tube into Mrs Cruz's throat before turning off the machine.  ... Read on »