Baby born to mother brain dead for three months reignited the brain death criteria debate

Talented canoeist Catarina Sequeira, 26, had been declared brain dead (read our reports of brain death controversy) after she suffered an acute asthma attack at her home when she was 19 weeks’ pregnant. Earlier this year Catarina gave birth a healthy child in Sao Joan Hospital in...

US doctors confirm and clarify their opposition to assisted suicide. ‘A prescription for death’

With a large majority (392-162), the most important medical institution in the United States reiterates that assisted suicide is not a medical act. It is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer” AMA says. AMA’s Council on Ethical...

Vincent Lambert case reignites the end of life debate in France and beyond

We quote a New York Times article published on May 21 2019, “French medical professionals said that Mr Lambert’s condition had been stable for ten years and that gauging his state of consciousness was too complex to reach an undoubted conclusion. To decide in the place of...

Alfie Evans’ parents welcome baby boy four months after losing their firstborn

The parents of Alfie Evans are celebrating the birth of their son – four months after they lost their firstborn to a rare degenerative disease. Kate James, 20, gave birth to a little boy in August who has been named Thomas after his 21-year-old father and said to be...

When Hospital’s decision-making affects the end of life patients basic rights. Alfie Evans case bioethics approach

New conflictive NHS hospital’s decisions The new conflict between NHS hospital decision supported by English Supreme Court and parents claims has arisen a new strong public opinion reaction and an international debate. Alfie was born on May 9, 2016, but suffered seizures...

Palliative care and sedation. When is it suitable to sedate a patient and when is it covert euthanasia?

A proportional sedation of intense sufferings patients totally invalidates pro-euthanasia arguments In Italy, the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the death of Marina Ripa de Meana, multifaceted writer and Italian cinema and television celebrity, who died on 4 January at...

Public opinion associates brain death with organ harvesting which could affect physician credibility

“The medical community should improve understanding through consistent, simplified language, dissociating brain death from organ donation” and resolve the controversy about the different criterion of brain death. A recent study published by Elsevier – Science...

Consciousness in patients in a vegetative state. New diagnostic test open a new window to evaluate them

It opens a new window to help to evaluate patients with disorders of consciousness Determining whether a person in a vegetative state*  is essential for their treatment, recovery and quality of life. Until now, these diagnoses have centered on an analysis of the brain. However,...

Death of a person based on neurological criteria. Brain death controversy

Authors object the conventional criteria of ‘brain death’ for establishing the death of the human being In the September issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics (see HERE), an article was published in which its authors, Michael Nair-Collins* and Franklin G Miller**, addressed the...

An NHS investigation has been launched following 400 accidentally switch off oxygen with patients serious damages including several deaths

A safety alert has been issued after watchdogs uncovered more than 400 incidents in which cylinder controls were wrongly operated – including 24 cases where patients came to “moderate or severe harm”. The blunders saw six patients die, while five suffered cardiac arrest or...
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