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After Months of Fighting, Toddler Abruptly Taken Off Life Support

'He's gone,' says mom

(Newser) - Israel Stinson, 2, had a bad asthma attack on April 1, went into cardiac arrest, and was declared brain-dead at UC Davis Medical Center. Nearly five months of legal battling ensued, as the California toddler's parents—who did not agree with the prognosis—fought to keep him on life... More »

A Baby Was Just Born to Mom Brain-Dead Since Feb.

Delivered by C-section at 32 weeks, the healthy boy weighs 5 pounds 3 ounces

(Newser) - When a pregnant woman was declared brain-dead after a brain hemorrhage in Portugal in February, the hospital determined her fetus to be alive and well and the father decided to try to keep his wife on life support long enough to allow for at least the possibility of the baby'... More »

Brain-Dead Boy's Family: Keep Him on Life Support

'He's very much alive,' says mom

(Newser) - Two-year-old Israel Stinson was declared brain-dead in early April after an asthma attack sent him into cardiac arrest. According to California law, he was to be removed from life support soon after. There's just one problem: "He's very much alive," mom Jonee Fonseca tells FOX40 . Fonseca... More »

Goal of Clinical Trial: Reverse Human Death

Researchers hope to revive brains of the clinically dead

(Newser) - Scientists are predicting "the eventual reversal of death in our lifetime," and a new clinical trial could take us one step closer to that goal. The National Institutes of Health has approved "the first trial of its kind" by US biotech company Bioquark to attempt to revive... More »

Mom, Brain-Dead for 55 Days, Delivers Baby Boy

The mother was pronounced dead shortly after the birth of her son at 26 weeks

(Newser) - A father has taken his infant son home from the hospital—three months after the child was born to a woman who'd been brain-dead for 55 days. According to Sky News , the pregnant 41-year-old had refused treatment for cancer so as not to harm the fetus, though the BBC... More »

Jahi McMath's Family Wants Her Declared Alive

"I want her to have the same rights as any other disabled kid," says mom

(Newser) - It's been two years since Jahi McMath's tonsil surgery went wrong , she suffered brain death , and was declared dead, and now her family wants that death certificate revoked for the now-15-year-old who remains on life support. Jahi's mom, Nailah Winkfield, is suing in federal court various entities... More »

Falling Bricks Leave NYC Toddler Brain Dead

Greta Greene, 2, hit in head by crumbling facade in Manhattan

(Newser) - A 2-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was hit in the head by falling bricks on Manhattan's Upper West Side yesterday. Greta Greene was on a bench outside the Esplanade Manhattan senior living home with her grandmother, Susan Frierson, when debris fell from the building's eighth-floor... More »

Baby's Delivery First of Its Kind in US Since 1999

Karla Perez was kept on life support for 8 weeks to birth baby

(Newser) - When Karla Perez developed a terrible headache 22 weeks into her pregnancy on Feb. 8, she thought a nap might cure it. But the 22-year-old later collapsed and was taken to Nebraska's Methodist Women's Hospital where doctors discovered she had suffered a brain hemorrhage that left her clinically... More »

Doctors: 'Dead' Pregnant Woman's Fetus Is Doomed

They ask Irish court to be allowed to take woman off life support

(Newser) - Seven Irish doctors yesterday asked the Dublin High Court for one thing: that a brain-dead pregnant woman be taken off life support. The seven were in agreement that, as the AP puts it, her fetus appeared doomed. The father of the woman, who is 18 weeks pregnant and was declared... More »

After Court Fight, Toddler's Organs Won't Be Donated

Thaiya Spruill-Smith will be taken off life support

(Newser) - A sad custody dispute in Brooklyn is over, with the result being that 2-year-old Thaiya Spruill-Smith will be taken off life support and then buried intact as her father wishes, reports the Daily News . Thaiya was declared brain-dead on Friday, allegedly after being shaken to death by her stepfather. Her... More »

Experts: Brain-Dead Girl May Not Be 'Alive'

Doctors want another assessment in unique US case

(Newser) - Brain-dead or not brain-dead? The question of Jahi McMath's health status has drifted into unknown territory now that she's been hooked up to machines for nearly eleven months, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Jahi, declared brain dead after a disastrous tonsillectomy in December, was found by five... More »

Family: Jahi McMath Is 'Alive Again'

Attorney says he has evidence of brain activity, wants court to reverse ruling

(Newser) - Jahi McMath , the 13-year-old girl declared brain-dead not long after having her tonsils removed in December, has been kept on feeding and breathing support at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Now the Oakland, Calif., girl's family says Jahi is once again showing brain activity,... More »

Brain-Dead Girl to Get Honorary Diploma

Jahi McMath was in 8th grade before surgery went wrong

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after suffering complications from surgery will receive an honorary diploma during her school's 8th-grade graduation this week. Omari Sealey, the uncle of Jahi McMath , said the girl's school in Oakland will give the diploma to a family member. Jahi underwent tonsil surgery... More »

Texas Husband Named Brain-Dead Wife's Fetus

Doctors think Nicole Munoz was a girl

(Newser) - Before a Texas hospital took his pregnant wife off life support Sunday, Erick Munoz asked doctors to do one last sonogram. "They think it was a female," Munoz tells the AP of the 23-week-old fetus, his second child with Marlise Munoz. He named the fetus Nicole, Marlise's... More »

Hospital Pulls Life Support for Brain-Dead Woman

It had til 5pm tomorrow to end care for Marlise Munoz or appeal

(Newser) - The Texas hospital that has kept a brain-dead pregnant woman alive against her family's wishes has complied with Friday's court ruling to end life support for Marlise Munoz, lawyers for her family confirm. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth said earlier today in a statement that its... More »

Judge to Hospital: Let Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman Die

He orders facility to remove her from life support

(Newser) - A wrenching case in Fort Worth that has pitted a family against a hospital took a big step toward closure this afternoon: A judge ordered doctors to remove a brain-dead pregnant woman from life support by 5pm local time Monday, reports AP . It's not yet clear whether the hospital... More »

Fetus in Texas Life Support Case 'Distinctly Abnormal'

Lawyers say they have medical records to that end

(Newser) - The 22-week-old fetus of the pregnant Texas woman being kept on life support against her wishes is "distinctly abnormal," lawyers for Marlise Munoz 's family say. The attorneys say they have medical records showing as much, and want to clear up any "misconceptions about the condition... More »

Lawyer Claims Brain-Dead Teen's 'Health Is Improving'

Dolan defends role in tragic case

(Newser) - The California 13-year-old declared dead after tonsil surgery is getting better at the undisclosed facility where she was moved earlier this week, family lawyer Christopher Dolan claims. Jahi McMath has had feeding and tracheostomy tubes inserted and "doctors are optimistic that her condition has stabilized and that her health... More »

Hospital Refuses to Unplug Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman

Marlise Munoz didn't want to be kept on life support, says family

(Newser) - Paramedics Marlise and Erick Munoz of Crowley, Texas, had good reason to talk about their own end-of-life wishes, and Erick says his wife made it clear that she would never want to be kept on life support if there was no chance of recovery, reports the Dallas Morning News . And... More »

Judge: Life Support Can End for Brain-Dead Girl

But Jahi McMath's family has til Dec. 30 to appeal

(Newser) - A California judge has joined with doctors in declaring 13-year-old Jahi McMath legally brain dead in a tonsillectomy gone horrifically wrong , and ordered that she be taken off life support. The main takeaway from today's ruling, as per the AP : Jahi's family has until 5pm on Monday to... More »

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