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Rescind Jahi Death Certificate Request Coming

Jahi McMath and mom

By Wesley J. Smith According to a media report out of New Jersey, a third doctor–the others are Shewmon and Calixto–has signed a declaration stating Jahi McMath is not brain dead. The family attorney Chris Dolan says he will petition

Mother of Jahi McMath still convinced “she will have a recovery”

Nailah Winkfield, the mother of Jahi McMath

  By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This story, which ran in April, was the third most read post of 2014. In October two internationally respected neurologists, Dr. Alan Shewmon and Dr. Calixto Machado, concluded that Jahi McMath is not brain

Two contrasting responses to brain-dead women carrying unborn babies

Dylan Benson, whose wife Robyn had been on life-support, announced the arrival of his son Iver Cohen Benson on Facebook Monday. (photo: Dylan Benson)

  By Wesley J. Smith So a woman is declared brain dead in Ireland, but not taken off maintenance so her unborn child can gestate long enough to survive. The family wants to bury her. But a human life can

Making Sure Jahi Stays “Dead”?

Jahi McMath

  By Wesley J. Smith I accept properly diagnosed brain death as dead. Hence, when three doctors found that Jahi McMath was tragically gone, I accepted the diagnosis. But I also wrote that if her body did not deteriorate–as happens

Bioethics Push Poll to Allow Killing for Organs

Wesley Smith

  By Wesley J. Smith To donate vital organs, a donor must be dead. This is known as the “dead donor rule, I have been warning that utilitarian bioethicists and transplant medical professionals want to shatter the DDR to permit

Baby Faith is born almost six months after mother declared brain-dead

Baby Faith

  By Dave Andrusko Imagine, as if anyone could, the range of emotions that the family of Jessie Ayagalria experienced, first in the blink of an eye, then over a period of six months. Last January, she is laughing with

What if Jahi McMath is Alive?

Jahi McMath

  By Wesley J. Smith A news story reports that Jahi McMath, declared dead by the State of California, is being maintained at a Catholic hospital in New Jersey. More, that she may be becoming responsive. From the San Jose

Family of Jahi McMath wants middle school to grant teenager a diploma

Nailah Winkfield, the mother of Jahi McMath

  By Dave Andrusko The family of Jahi McMath is posting on social media, asking supporters to contact her charter school to ask them to grant the eighth-grader a diploma this week. Jahi, diagnosed as brain-dead, was the center of

Diagnosed as brain-dead, man now back on basketball court and pursuing college degree

Courtesy of Barrow Neurological Institute

  By Dave Andrusko I have no doubt that someone has already passed this amazing story of recovery along to Nailah Winkfield, the mother of Jahi McMath, the teenager whom medical authorities are convinced is brain dead. Ms. McMath won

Mother of teenager diagnosed as brain-dead writes that she is not suffering and is “much better physically”

Jahi McMath and mom

  By Dave Andrusko In the letter sent via Facebook to KTVU Channel 2 news anchor Frank Somerville, the mother of Jahi McMath has thanked those who have supported the family, assuring the public that her daughter is not suffering

“It’s the best and the worst at the same time”: healthy baby born to brain-dead mom in Canada

Dylan Benson, whose wife Robyn had been on life-support, announced the arrival of his son Iver Cohen Benson on Facebook Monday. (photo: Dylan Benson)

  By Dave Andrusko The headline from one Canadian newspaper caught the bitter sweetness of what took place last Saturday: “Victoria father welcomes healthy Baby Iver, says goodbye to wife.” Iver Cohen Benson was delivered by Cesarean section at 28

Canadian mother declared brain-dead but father chooses life for unborn son

Ultrasound shows fetus of Robyn Benson, who was 22 weeks into her pregnancy when she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage after Christmas that left her brain-dead. A Victoria hospital is planning a C-section when it's safe to perform the procedure.
(Dylan Benson/YouCaring.com)

  By Dave Andrusko The contrast is so complete, so startling, it almost takes your breath away. Barely a week ago the family of Marlise Muñoz persuaded Texas Judge R.H. Wallace to order John Peter Smith Hospital to remove all