I obviously have no way of knowing if you are a real doctor, or just play one on the internet -- but what you wrote is what I have been thinking for quite some time. If a person is truly brain dead and being kept alive by some machines that keep her breathing and her heart beating -- then it is time to admit that she is dead. This is different from the Shavio (sp?) case, who was truly brain damaged - but only needed the machines to swallow. Forcing her to die by starvation and dehydration, was wicked.
This young girl, on the other hand, just seems to have her dead body kept in a somewhat animated condition due to Media distortions of the facts. It is time to mourn, and move on.
“If a person is truly brain dead and being kept alive by some machines that keep her breathing and her heart beating — then it is time to admit that she is dead”
Perhaps so. Perhaps not.
But who are you, or me, to decide.
Children’s is currently providing care that Children’s thinks should cease. Children’s has not yet ceased this care. Another medical institution has offered to continue care, thus allowing Children’s to cease their care.
Yet Children’s is actively, purposely obstructing this transfer of care to take place.
I am indeed a real doctor, triple board certified and one of my boards happens to be neurocritical care. This is a very sad and awful case. I am certain all involved are haunted by it. But yes, the heart can be kept alive indefinitely my ventilating the lungs. The lack of brain function confirm the death.
He is a real doc. And absolutely correct.