Redefining Death Would Pull the Plug on Brain-Damaged Patients

(By Sarah St. Onge / The Federalist) – In 2013, the world watched as the family of Jahi McMath fought her physicians to continue mechanical ventilation after she’d been declared “brain dead.”

Her family was able to secure her release only after agreeing to the declaration of death, and they moved her to a long-term care facility, and eventually an apartment, in the state of New Jersey. She lived for another five years, ultimately passing away in June 2018.

One of the most complex decisions a family will make is to remove life support when someone they love has suffered a tragic accident. CONTINUE