Thursday, November 14, 2013

death by any other name...

Research shows patients in vegetative states could be aware and paying attention


L.J. Devon
Natural News
13 November 2013

"In essence, these brains are fully aware and paying attention and can even interact."

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COMMENTARY
While 'vegetative state' is a term that does not distinguish between brain dead and mere coma, we are at an uneasy point in modern culture regarding exactly when an individual has truly died, but is merely being kept alive via machines, and when that individual's life might still be viable.

I link the above to its necessary connection to organ donation for a reason.

And remind that a 'wake' was kept, back in the day, because people who seemed dead might waken...

And the practice at least allowed the hope of waking prior to being buried.

ADDITIONAL LINKS
When to say when, when pulling the plug
Recent Supreme Court decision in Canada
Brain death defined
Previous post here about redefining when death occurs

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