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Professor Alan Meisel Comments in Webcast: If a Brain Is Dead, Should the Person Die?

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January 15, 2014

Pitt Law Professor Alan Meisel participated in a HuffPostLive webcast, If a Brain Is Dead, Should the Person Die? discussing two cases involving treatment controversies surrounding "brain dead" patients. One, in California, involves a woman declared dead in accordance with brain death standards whose parents do not accept that she is dead and want the hospital where she is died to keep her on life support systems. The other, in Texas, involves another woman also declared dead in accordance with brain death standards, who was pregnant at the time of her death. Authorities in the hospital in which she died belief that Texas law requires them to maintain her on life support because she is pregnant until the fetus is either delivered or dies, and her husband and parents are challenging this position.

Watch the video here.

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