Not dead yet | Paul A. Byrne, MD | September 21, 2017

Jahi McMath is alive in New Jersey. A death certificate was issued on Jahi on December 12, 2013. Now, four years later a judge in California has ruled that Jahi may not be dead. Think about it, alive, living in New Jersey! Why is it necessary for a judge to rule whether Jahi is alive or dead?

The judge is acting in accord with the law in California and the practice of medicine since "brain death," while scientifically and medically still controversial, is legally protected.

Neither the CA statute nor the practice of medicine ought to be significantly different in any other state in recognizing the basic difference between a living person with a beating heart and circulation albeit on a ventilator vs. the remains of a dead body. What is the "problem"?

There is no problem in New Jersey because although alone among the 50 states, New Jersey law rightly recognizes that the person cannot be declared "brain dead" if the family objects to the doctors using ONLY "brain death" criteria, and not the time-honored, universally recognized irreversible cessation of circulation and respiration. What is the problem?...

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Surprising Realities of Brain Death and Organ Donation

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1


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As we ponder the ethics of in vitro fertilization, stem cell research and man-made chimeras, our thoughts trail off. How then should we live? (Ez 33:10)

How should a Christian think about euthanasia by starvation when doctors and the state attorney general all agree it is time to withhold feeding from a brain injured patient? Some things are family matters, but someday it may be our family.

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