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To: Ouderkirk
But dead is dead

That is so not true. Her heart is beating. She is not dead.

The concept of 'brain dead' is a new concept. It was developed to help families cope with the sorrow of organ donation. Families were able to give permission to donate organs if they were told the loved one was dead.

26 posted on 12/30/2013 6:08:57 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane
The concept of 'brain dead' is a new concept.

"Brain dead" is not a new concept. It has been around for at least 45 years.

30 posted on 12/30/2013 6:30:15 PM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: ladyjane
Not true. If the child is in fact brain dead and declared so by testing which is extensive, and should the ventilator be removed, her heart could beat for a short time afterward. The heart has it's own “electrical” system for lack of a better word. That is why arrythmias, are so dangerous as the heart rate then becomes erratic and can result in cardiac arrest in which the victim falls unconscious. When CPR fails at some point a decision has to be made and when one becomes asystole,they are gone.
36 posted on 12/30/2013 7:26:21 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: ladyjane

I am not in support of the ghouls in organ donation.

I understand why they are interested in pushing the button for harvesting her for valuable parts to save others. But that’s not what I’m talking about.

She’s been on life support for a week, and in that time, I would hope that they have tested her repeatedly (daily?) for brain function.

Think of it like a PC, the CPU is fried, and it won’t pass POST. Yet the power supply still works...should I leave it plugged in hoping that it will somehow start up again ?

That’s kinda where we’re at here.


40 posted on 12/30/2013 7:38:58 PM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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