Anne Heche, Brain Death and Organ Donation

( – On August 5, 2022, 53-year-old Hollywood actress Anne Heche was involved in an auto accident in a Los Angeles neighborhood and sustained a serious brain injury. Initial reports were that she was on a ventilator and in a coma. On August 11, it was reported that Ms. Heche was diagnosed as “brain dead.” Under California law a person diagnosed in this manner is considered legally dead.

However, Ms. Heche was left on a ventilator until her organs could be harvested. Subsequently, on August 14, after her organs were removed, the media again reported that Ms. Heche had died. You can understand why this was confusing to the public when in the matter of a few days there were two different reports of Ms. Heche’s death. CONTINUE