“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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‘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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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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Doctors and nurses care for unborn baby for 107 days, Lourenco’s birth a “miracle”

By Dave Andrusko Lucy Thornton, writing for the British publication, The Mirror, explained today When the doctor declared: “Baby Lourenco has been born and he has cried,” cheers erupted from the nurses who had spent the past 107 days caring for the unborn tot. So, the baby had been prenatally diagnosed with some malady that …

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Hospital says teenager shot in murder spree was not declared brain dead

By Dave Andrusko On Monday we posted a story about a glimmer of light in the horrific weekend in Kalamazoo, Michigan in which a Uber driver stands accused of murdering six people. A number of stories, which NRL News Today quoted accurately, said that 14-year-old Abigail Kopf had been shot Saturday in a Kalamazoo Cracker …

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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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Family files suit to remove pregnant woman said to brain dead from life support

  By Dave Andrusko The family of Marlise Machado Muñoz, the pregnant woman who collapsed from an apparent pulmonary embolism November 26 , filed suit in Tarrant County civil court Tuesday, requesting the court to issue an order requiring John Peter Smith Hospital “to immediately cease conducting any further medical procedures and to remove Marlise …

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In Munoz Case, CBS’s Norah O’Donnell a Lone Media Voice for Life

  By Katie Yoder In bioethical matters of life and death, the liberal media can generally be counted on to come down on the side of death. But once in a while, exceptions arise. CBS’s Norah O’Donnell joined a panel with her “This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose and legal analyst Jack Ford on January 6 …

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Lawsuit Contends Pressure to Declare Patients Brain Dead

By Wesley J. Smith This better not be true: A lawsuit filed in Manhattan accuses an organ collecting organization of pressuring doctors to declare patients dead and harvest.  From the New York Post story: “The New York Organ Donor Network pressured hospital staffers to declare patients brain dead so their body parts could be harvested …

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