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Wide variation in ‘brain death’ criteria in U.S. Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Most of us are aware that there is a dichotomy of thought in our world concerning what determines the beginning of life. But is there an awareness that there is also a dichotomy of thought in the determination of what ends life?

Did you know that the use of neurological criteria to declare “brain death” was motivated by the desire to harvest the beating heart and other vital organs for transplantation and to remove life support from patients to keep from overcrowding intensive care units of hospitals?

Did you know that surveys show a wide variation in “brain death” criteria among leading neurological institutions in the United States?

This means a person could be considered “brain dead” in one institution and not in another. “Brain death”: is it “true death”?

For more information, go to www.Life

Donna Larkosh, president
Boscobel Pregnancy Helpline, Boscobel