The Uncertain Future of the Determination of Brain Death

February 10, 2023

(JAMA) – Although patients such as McMath are legally dead, they do not undergo the decay and putrefaction that is normally associated with death. In fact, patients with brain death may retain most of the capacities of living people, including the ability to absorb nutrition, excrete waste, heal wounds, grow, undergo puberty, and even gestate. This has led many families to reject the diagnosis and insist on the continuation of medical support for their loved ones. (Read More)