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"Brain Dead" Term Too Loosely Used
December 19, 2013 (NRO) - I have been following the tragic case of Jahi McMath, who went to Oakland Children's Hospital for a tonsillectomy and suffered a catastrophic complication, resulting in cardiac arrest. According to the media, her doctors later declared her "brain dead" and told the parents she would be removed from life support. After a lawyer's letter, Jahi's life support continues.
"Brain dead" is a popular term, not a medical one-and it is too loosely used. Some use the term to denigrate the moral value of profoundly disabled patients such as Terri Schiavo, who we now know may be aware and able to recognize family.
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