I have to think that the necrotic brain tissue is decaying, with those degradation products seeping into the blood stream and poisoning the rest of the body. Besides, without central nervous system feedback, the remaining organs must also be decomposing.
I know this is morbid, but does anyone know how long a dead body can be maintained in such a manner? I would think that since she was declared dead on Dec. 12, it is getting close to the limit.
“I know this is morbid, but does anyone know how long a dead body can be maintained in such a manner?”
Have you never heard of Karen Ann Quinlan?
She was brain dead and kept alive on a ventilator.
Back then in the 70’s it was the family trying to let her die by removing the ventilator and the hospital that refused.
She lived for months until the family won the right to have the ventilator removed.
She did not die as expected and live almost a decade more.
When brain cells die there is generally no bacterial decomposition. The dead brain cells are liquefied and digested by other cells and the empty spaces in the head are filled with liquid.
I knew a child who suffered prenatal strokes and there were large parts of his brain just not there any more, but since he was so young he did very well - normal intelligence, delayed motor function but normalizing by seven.
“Brain death” is different from some parts of the brain bein dead or dying - it refers to no brain waves, no brain reflexes, no breathing reflex.
If there WAS bacterial decomposition, there wouldn’t be these arguments and lawsuits. Death would be rapid and indisputable - cardiac death too. Bacterial meningitis is a fast killer.
Well, the fact that ‘the body’ hasn’t has any nutrition for more than three weeks might just be helping that process along.
This is so sad.
The poor little thing has become a pawn in a needless battle.