Judge extends life support for California girl declared brain dead as family pursues lawsuits

  • Article by: LISA LEFF , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 9:55 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. — The family of a girl who was declared brain dead after tonsil surgery received another reprieve Monday from a judge who ordered the 13-year-old to be kept on life support for another week.

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mariezzDec. 30, 13 8:21 PM

Unfortunately, keeping her on life support is raising health care costs for all of us. Giving the family a one week reprieve to adjust to this reality is fair, but keeping the girl on life support indefinitely is inappropriate. Yet another opinion from a qualified expert could perhaps help the family accept this reality.

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saintnickDec. 30, 1310:00 PM

Horrible story, but let me show you what happens when liberals elect judges. In this case, this liberal judge doesn't seem to even understand the laws of the state she resided over.---------------------------------CALIFORNIA CODES HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 7180 7180. (a) An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem, is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards. (b) This article shall be applied and construed to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the law with respect to the subject of this article among states enacting it. (c) This article may be cited as the Uniform Determination of Death Act. 7181. When an individual is pronounced dead by determining that the individual has sustained an irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem, there shall be independent confirmation by another physician. 7182. When a part of the donor is used for direct transplantation pursuant to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 7150)) and the death of the donor is determined by determining that the individual has suffered an irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem, there shall be an independent confirmation of the death by another physician. Neither the physician making the determination of death under Section 7155.5 nor the physician making the independent confirmation shall participate in the procedures for removing or transplanting a part. 7183. Complete patient medical records required of a health facility pursuant to regulations adopted by the department in accordance with Section 1275 shall be kept, maintained, and preserved with respect to the requirements of this chapter when an individual is pronounced dead by determining that the individual has sustained an irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem.

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