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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Jahi McMath’s family files federal suit to have her death certificate revoked

By Dave Andrusko We last wrote about Jahi McMath, a remarkable young girl, in October and November. Jahi, now 15, has been the focus of a tremendous legal battle ever since she suffered cardiac arrest following routine surgery and was soon after declared brain-dead, a diagnosis her family and some very respected physicians adamantly disagree …

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Jahi Family: Examining Neurologist Finds She’s Alive

By Wesley J. Smith When last we visited the Jahi McMath case, a judge gave her mother the chance to file an amended complaint showing that Jahi is alive, with the assurance that if properly pleaded, evidence of life could be brought She seems to have done just that. From Thaddeus Mason Pope’s blog Medical …

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Family of Jahi McMath, declared brain-dead two years ago, says “You can see she is still alive and just as beautiful as ever”

By Dave Andrusko It seems almost impossible that the time has flown by this quickly, but it’s been nearly two years since Jahi McMath suffered a cardiac arrest following routine surgery and was soon after declared brain-dead. Last Saturday the “brain dead” girl’s family celebrated her 15th birthday at her bedside at a New Jersey …

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Court Permits Evidence Jahi McMath Alive

By Wesley J. Smith A court in California has permitted Jahi McMath’s mother to present evidence that Jahi ”has standing” to bring a lawsuit. From the court’s order sustaining a demurrer (meaning the original pleadings were insufficient to go forward): CHO’s demurrer…is SUSTAINED…WITH LEAVE TO AMEND to allege facts sufficient to state a cognizable cause …

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Baby Angel, born to brain-dead mom, comes home from hospital

By Dave Andrusko Back in April, NRL News Today reported on the miraculous birth of little Angel Perez, whose mom Karla Perez, had collapsed at home in Waterloo, Nebraska in early February after complaining of a bad headache. Tragically, Ms. Perez was diagnosed with an intracranial hemorrhage–a severe brain bleed–and doctors determined that the 22-year-old …

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Born seven weeks after mom declared brain dead, “Baby Angel” is doing well

By Dave Andrusko It will be interesting to see how many pro-abortion bloggers hate on the family of Karla Perez. Few things make them angrier than a family’s decision to keep a pregnant woman on life support when she has been diagnosed as brain dead. And baby Angel is alive precisely because Ms. Perez’s family …

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Jahi Malpractice vs “She’s Not Dead” Cases

By Wesley J. Smith To no one’s surprise, the family of Jahi McMath has sued Children’s Hospital of Oakland for medical malpractice. From the NJ.Com story: The family of Jahi McMath — a teenager now living in the Somerset section of Franklin Township — is suing the California hospital over the severe brain damage she …

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Family of Jahi McMath files medical malpractice suit against California hospital and surgeon

By Dave Andrusko OAKLAND — The family of Jahi McMath officially filed its lawsuit Tuesday and for the first time provided the family’s account of what allegedly happened after Jahi underwent an operation in 2013 to treat sleep apnea. “The lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court lists Dr. Frederick Rosen, an ear, nose and …

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Rescind Jahi Death Certificate Request Coming

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 the California Secretary of State to rescind the death certificate. From the N.J.com story: Dolan …

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

  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 dead, but, according to Wesley Smith, “the Stanford court appointed independent expert says the evidence …

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Two contrasting responses to brain-dead women carrying unborn babies

  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 be saved! This really upsets Emer O’Toole in The Guardian. From, “A Brain Dead Irish …

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