“Brain-dead” Portuguese woman gives birth

By Michael Cook A Portuguese woman who has been “brain dead” since December last year gave birth to a son late last month. Twenty-six-year-old Catarina Sequeira, a canoeing champion who had represented her country, suffered a serious asthma attack at home on December 26 when she was 19 weeks pregnant. For 56 days a ventilator …

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Is an Ontario woman dead or is she alive?

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The case concerning a woman who has been declared brain dead by a Brampton hospital is heading to the court of appeal. The issue at hand is the definition of brain death. Taquisha McKitty (27) of Brampton Ontario, was declared brain dead on September 20, 2017, …

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‘Brain Dead’ child in India improves after receiving specialized therapy

Father had requested euthanasia By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Apoorva Mandhani reporting for Livelaw.in that a “brain dead” boy, whose father had asked the court to approve euthanasia, has been improving. The father was not asking for a lethal injection but rather the withdrawal of basic care. The father recently “approached …

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Jahi McMath dies June 22, posthumous report says she improved after she was declared brain-dead

By Dave Andrusko Jahi McMath, the teenager at the heart of a determined and courageous fight waged by her parents against a brain-death diagnosis , passed away June 22 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., “of bleeding due to liver failure and a brain injury caused by lack of oxygen,” according …

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New Jersey boy whose family had fought to keep him on life-support dies on Saturday

By Dave Andrusko On May 23, NRL News Today wrote about two New Jersey families who were fighting to keep their sons on life-support, cases which bore a striking resemblance to Alfie Evans. Both were gamely fighting against Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP] which was determined to take the boys on their ventilators on the …

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About to “pull the plug,” shocked doctors stop when woman suddenly wiggles her big toe

By Dave Andrusko How many times have you read a story about an accident–typically a car accident–in which the victim is labeled “brain dead”? And how many times, as was the case recently with 22-year-old Sam Hemming after being in a drug-induced coma for 19 days, doctors tell her family there is “no hope of …

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Little Israel Stinson dies after unexpectedly being removed from ventilator

By Dave Andrusko In an abrupt, unexpected, and surprise decision, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge Thursday dissolved an injunction that prevented a local hospital from turning off 2-year-old Israel Stinson’s ventilator. The adorable little boy, whose brain-dead diagnosis was fought on two continents by his parents, died shortly afterwards. “They are devastated. I think …

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Jahi McMath’s mother can attempt to prove she is alive, California court rules

By Dave Andrusko This one is on me. Until a reader emailed me a link today, I did not know that the family of Jahi McMath cleared an important hurdle last month thanks to a First Appellate Court ruling that Nailah Winkfield can try to prove her now nearly 16-year-old daughter is alive. As odd …

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Brain-death, PVS, and Medical misdiagnoses

By Dave Andrusko Few topics intrigue me more than why “trends” develop, or, better put, why “givens” that have gone essentially unchallenged suddenly begin to lose their authority. We’ve written about many of them at NRL News Today, including the ever-so-gradual-acknowledgement found in corners of the Media Establishment that aborting a child who has been …

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14 year old, shot in murder spree, pronounced brain dead, then squeezes her mother’s hand

By Dave Andrusko An important related note to the horrific murder spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in which an Uber driver is charged with gunning down six people. 14-year-old Abigail Kopf was shot Saturday in a Kalamazoo Cracker Barrel parking lot, pronounced brain dead shortly after arriving at Bronson Methodist Hospital. But as Michigan State Police …

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Initially diagnosed as brain-dead, college student lucky to be alive

By Dave Andrusko Hanna Lottritz was brain-dead, pure and simple, or so it seemed. The 20-year-old college student had consumed an incredible amount of alcohol in a competitive drinking match on July 27, 2015. From that point on, Hanna doesn’t remember the evening which extended into the wee hours of the morning. She was told …

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