In this article, the authors argue that an appeal to the distinction between appearance and reality fails in defending the view that the ‘brain dead’ are dead. Specifically, this view relies on an inaccurate and overly simplistic account of the role of medical technology in the physiology of a ‘brain dead’ patient. We conclude by offering an explanation of why the conventional view on ‘brain death’, though mistaken, continues to be endorsed in light of its connection to organ transplantation and the dead donor rule.
Two-year-old Eden Carlson from Arkansas who nearly drowned in her family's swimming pool is on the mend, thanks to a type of oxygen therapy. This treatment may have application in other profound coma cases. This just one of many experiments with brain stimulation to energize brain synapses to return to communicate with other areas of the body and brain to provide the patients with the ability to regain functionality. However medical leadership will resist this potential reduction of their pool for the organ harvesting industry.
A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation. The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if they have been in PVS for longer than 12 months. Since sustaining severe brain injuries in a car accident, the man had been completely unaware of the world around him.
The source of most vital organs (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas) for transplantation is patients who have been declared dead. Are they truly dead? The answer to this question is crucially important, for, if organ donors are not dead, removal of their vital organs will kill them.
Donation after brain death (DBD)
The majority of “dead” donors suffer severe head trauma...
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
QUESTION HOSPITAL DOCTORS
In this period in North America, hospitals want to save money. Patients who have serious or chronic illnesses, or who have repeat inpatient stays, are an expense which reduces profits. We’ve all heard the phrase, “cut your losses”. Euthanasia is an effective way to do that. If you do not know the doctor, ask where he/she stands on “end of life” policies.
There are some things you need to know “just in case” you end up incapacitated in a hospital.
1. Without legal paperwork, and in a health emergency situation, emergency personnel must do everything possible to attempt to revive you.
2. Select one or two trustworthy individuals to act as Power of Attorney in the event that you are unable to make decisions. Make sure that they will decide as you would and that they are not...