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not quite dead yet

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Aug 04, 2005

Call it a Freudian slip: The headline writer said more than he intended:

Brain-Dead Woman Dies After Giving Birth

If she was "brain dead," how could she "die" after giving birth? Unless she wasn't quite dead yet.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 05, 2005 9:10 AM ET USA

    Its like "modern art" and "modern music". "Modern art" is not art but merely "modern art"; while "modern music" is just noise. "Brain dead" is a justification for lifting livers and hearts from living people to transfer to other living people.

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Aug. 05, 2005 1:02 AM ET USA

    You are correct. Brain dead people are not dead. The concept of "brain death" as a definition of death is only useful for the organ transplant teams who need healthy living organs to replace diseased ones in patients who may well otherwise die. I don't need a heart transplant, but I don't want one if it means a surgeon will cut a beating heart out of a "brain dead" patient thus definitively killing him in order to give me a "new lease" on life.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 04, 2005 10:06 PM ET USA

    Thanks, Diogenes, for helping the "culture of death" advocates (pro-abortionists, right-to-die folks etc...) see their twisted self-deception... Indeed, how can a "brain-dead" woman "die" after giving birth?.... She was not dead, of course, and her baby, at just over one pound, born before the normal 9 months, is indeed a baby human being, and she is doing well by all medical evaluations! What witnesses to the Faith and to the precious God-given gift of life this mom and dad are for us all!

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