Jahi McMath and the Larger Question of “Brain Death”
Description: Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who was declared legally dead by hospital staff and county officials after suffering complications from a routine tonsillectomy, has been released to her family to seek treatment elsewhere. The move comes after a settlement was reached Friday in Alameda County Superior Court between the girl’s family and Children’s Hospital. The family had been fighting to remove Jahi from the hospital since December 12, when hospital staff declared the girl “brain dead” after she went into cardiac arrest while recovering from surgery. We talk about this case, but also the larger question for Catholics about brain death. Dr. John Haas of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and Dr. Paul Bryne, Neonatologist and Pediatrician, have differing views on a Catholic understanding of brain death. They join us.
Dr Paul Bryne
Board Certified Neonatologist and Pediatrician. , He is author and producer of the film "Continuum of Life" and author of the books "Life, Life Support, and Death," "Beyond Brain Death," and "Is 'Brain Death' True Death?"
Dr John Haas
President of The National Catholic Bioethics Center received his Ph.D. in Moral Theology from The Catholic University of America and his S.T.L. in Moral Theology from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. , - Author of a paper entitled “Catholic Teaching regarding the Legitimacy of Neurological Criteria for the Determination of Death”