“...enormous differences between coma, persistent vegetative state, and brain death.”
Good point. Even with all the medical people in my immediate and extended family, I hadn’t even thought about it in those terms.
Here you go. This needs to be read by everyone before commenting on this case. She has been diagnosed a half dozen times, 3 by the hospital, 1 by an independent doctor, 1 by a doctor recommended by the family's attorney, and someone else.
She is brain dead. Her brain at this point is liquified and either draining out her nose, or is a large watery cyst. Her organs are decomposing. Her eyeballs look like raisins and the interior of her mucous linings are crawling with bacterial decomposition and stench.
The saddest part of this case is that she could have saved a half dozen or more people with her organs, her skin, her cornea, hair, cartilige, bone marrow, etc. had the family listened to the hospital. Now, from what I understand, she may be too far gone to even embalm (Freeper morticians and/or Army 92M can correct me on that statement).
One blessing in this case is that my wife and I, and our clients have been reviewing their family estate trusts to make sure that everyone's wishes are known if the unthinkable happen. On a personal level, if my brother, my uncle, and another doctor come to the same medical conclusion, immediately prep my body for organ donation so that my last act will be giving something to someone who needs it.