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“The Brain Death Controversy” After her brain-injured daughter Melissa died at the hands of uncaring doctors, a bereaved mother began some in-depth research on the whole brain death controversy. Read what she found.
... by Melissa’s Mom, Carolyn
In 2005, Dr Robert Spaemann, a former philosopher at the University of Munich, told the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that the brain death approach to defining death reflects a new set of priorities. It was no longer the interest of the dying to avoid being declared “dead” prematurely, but the community’s interest in declaring a dying person dead as soon as possible. (Quoted in Catholic Insight Magazine article).
Dr Paul A. Byrne says that:
Brain death is not about a definition of death, although it is often stated as a matter of definition. Rather, brain death vs. death is about the facts of death. If brain death and death were identical and equivalent, there would have been no need to coin “brain death.”
He also says, in regard to legal definitions:
The law should be for all. The purpose of the law should be for the protection of citizens. In the case of death the law should protect a citizen from being determined or pronounced dead before death, the fact, has occurred. This is not occurring in brain death.
These are facts of life. Anatomically and physiologically during life there is an interdependence of organs and systems maintaining the unity (oneness) of the body. In an organism as complicated as a human being, no one should be pronounced dead unless and until there is destruction of at least the major vital systems of the body, i.e., the circulatory and respiratory systems, and the entire brain.
“Brain death” is not death. Brain death is not based on data that would be considered valid for any other scientific purpose.
(Extract from “Brain Death - Beyond the Slogan”, by Paul A. Byrne MD, for Vital Signs Ministries)
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