‘Brain dead’ Quebec woman wakes up after family refuses organ donation

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“If we had decided to donate her organs, they would have killed her,” said her son.

LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/7/11 | Rebecca Millette

Posted on quinta-feira, 7 de julho de 2011 19:55:43 by wagglebee

DROMMONDVILLE, Quebec, July 5, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last week, Madeleine Gauron, a Quebec woman identified as viable for organ donation after doctors diagnosed her as “brain dead,” surprised her family and physicians when she recovered from a coma, opened her eyes, and began eating.

 

The 76-year-old woman was hospitalized at the Hospital Sainte Croix de Drummondville for an inflammation of the gums, which required a brief operation.  During her recovery, hospital staff gave the elderly woman solid food, which she had been unable to consume in her family home for some time, and left her unattended.  Choking on the food, she fell into a coma, after unsuccessful resuscitation.

 

Medical staff contacted her family, explaining to them that their mother was “brain dead,” with no hope of recovery.  Citing Gauron’s eyes as particularly viable, the doctors asked if the family would agree to organ donation.

 

While supporting the possibility of donation, her shocked family first demanded further medical tests to prove Gauron was really dead.

 

The next day, the family was astonished to learn that Gauron had awakened.  Shortly afterwards, she sat up in bed and ate yogurt.

 

“If we had decided to donate her organs, they would have killed her,” said her son.

 

“It makes no sense to treat people like that. Although she is 76 years old and is ill, she did not have to suffer all this,” insisted her daughter.

 

Madeleine Gauron is now able to eat, walk and talk, and immediately recognized her family. Her children have decided to take legal action against the hospital.

 

As anecdotes similar to Gauron’s continue to pile up, “brain death” as a legitimate diagnosis of actual death is increasingly being questioned by concerned family members and medical professionals, some of whom have charged that the “brain death” criteria was created simply to ensure that harvested organs are fresh.

 

Currently, more than half of Swedish intensive care nurses who care for purportedly brain dead patients have doubts about methods for establishing brain death, according to a recent survey released by Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg.

 

While regulations require Swedish physicians to ascertain brain death through particular clinical tests, further analysis in conjunction with brain x-rays are only done for select patients.

 

The author of the thesis, Anne Flodén, a registered nurse and researcher at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, said the outcome of the study was problematic, indicating the need for clear guidelines surrounding the process of diagnosis and organ donation.

 

“This problem was raised by many of the ICU nurses in several of the studies,” said Flodén. “They were disappointed in the lack of structure and guidelines and are therefore calling for more support from management on these issues.”

 

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Eda Haredit: Organ donation is murder

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Following ‘Zionist rabbinate’s shocking seal of approval’ to recognize brain-respiratory death, Badatz rabbis issue announcement saying brain dead patients ‘alive in every way, life support must not be disconnected’

Kobi Nahshoni

Published: 11.01.09, 16:19 / Israel Jewish Scene

 

Following a Ynet report on the Chief Rabbinate’s decision to recognize brain-respiratory death, thus allowing organ donations in accordance with Jewish religious laws, the Badatz, the Eda Haredit’s high court, ruled that taking organs from a person in such a condition or removing him or her from life support is murder.

In an announcement published in the ultra-Orthodox organization’s journal, ‘HaEda’, the Badatz, headed by Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss reiterated the ruling that was given almost two-years ago, “in light of the Zionist rabbinate’s shocking seal of approval”.

The announcement said, “We have already ruled and given a clear Torah judgment… that brain death or brain stem death are not defined as death, and if organs are taken from (a person in such a condition) it is murder.

“We repeat that such a ruling already exists, and life support must not be disconnected, the person is alive in every way.”

The Eda Haredit’s firm stance is in line with that of the mainstream ultra-Orthodox public’s position, as it expressed in the community’s Yated Ne’eman daily paper.

An editorial published after the Chief Rabbinate’s ruling titled “Caution: Bloodshed” criticized the rabbis’ debate over the matter, saying, “There is no place of discussions or debates in this matter” and protested the fact that “Every student is allowing himself to give ‘educated opinions’ and present ‘halachic studies’ in the matter as they please.”

The editorial said that paper would “continue to express the Torah and the halacha’s stance against these dangerous initiatives, as part of its role and its mission as a form of expression of the Torah world and the God-fearing public standing on the front lines of the struggle for the sanctity of life according to halacha.”

Last month the Chief Rabbinate ruled that the Organ Donation Law’s definition of brain death at the moment of death is in line with that of the halacha. However, arbiter Yosef Sholom Elyashiv maintains his objection to the ruling, and views cessation of cardiac rhythm as moment of death.

The Chief Rabbinate’s decision ratifies a ruling given by the council in 1987 on determining the moment of death. At the time, the rabbis ruled out organ donation after the medical establishment objected to having a rabbinical representative join the team that determines death.

Now that the law has been approved, there is no concern that doctors may pronounce someone dead against halacha, and the rabbinate decided to introduce a new organ donation initiative, parallel to that of the National Transplant and Organ Donations Center.
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Doctor to Tell Brain Death Conference Removing Organs from “Brain Dead” Patients Tantamount to Murder

“The main criterion” for organ removal must be “respect for the life of the donor so that the removal of organs is allowed only in the presence of his actual death.” Pope Benedict XVI

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By Hilary White, Rome Correspondent

ROME, Italy, February 16, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dr. Paul Byrne, a physician and one of the organisers of a conference on “brain death” set to take place in Rome this week, has provided LifeSiteNews.com with an exclusive advance copy of his presentation to the conference. (To find out more about the conference, see: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/feb/09021607.html)

According to the prepared text Dr. Byrne will tell the conference that the use of “brain death” criteria, which is currently widely supported, even in the Vatican, results in the removal of organs from living patients, and is tantamount, not just to murder, but to “cannibalism.”

In 1968, Byrne relates, the so-called “Harvard report” asserted that the total cessation of brain activity, or “irreversible coma,” instead of the stopping of the heart, is the moment of death. “Thus,” says Dr. Byrne, “labelling a patient ‘brain dead’ began,” a practice that he charges has proved highly lucrative to the organ transplant industry, both in its legal manifestation and in the quasi-legal international organ trade.

This definition of “brain death” has also been a boon to euthanasia advocates, says Byrne, who have used it to argue that patients in irreversible comas are “already dead” and can be deprived of food and water, as was the case with Terri Schiavo in the US and Eluana Englaro in Italy.

“‘Brain death’ is not scientifically valid for true death,” Byrne argues. In his presentation he gives a detailed account of the use and spread of the Harvard Criteria for “brain death,” which he says were published without patient data or basic science studies.

“Many sets of criteria” currently exist to “declare fictional death before true death,” he says. But there are currently no clearly determined parameters commonly held by the international scientific community. “Many are under the impression that ‘brain death’ implies flat brain waves when in fact there is no requirement to do brain wave evaluation before a declaration of ‘brain death.'”

In fact, it is the action of removing organs from a living patient that “results in true death,” he says.

This week’s conference in Rome follows a Vatican conference on organ transplants that occurred in November last year, and that stirred up controversy by completely ignoring the ethical controversy surrounding the issue of “brain death.”

In a speech to the conference, however, Pope Benedict XVI warned that, “The main criterion” for organ removal must be “respect for the life of the donor so that the removal of organs is allowed only in the presence of his actual death.”

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