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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

ONLINE MEDICAL DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF BRAIN DEATH

brain death
Total cessation of brain function for 24 hours as manifested by absence of spontaneous movement, absence of spontaneous respiration, and absence of all brainstem reflexes.
(notice the 'and' between functions, not 'or.' this means ALL the above must be in effect)

In view of the fact that Terri Schiavo laughs, cried when it was explained to her that her feeding tube would be removed and she would die, responds with huge smiles at her parents, is able to follow movement with her eyes, speaks, (yes SPEAKS), although her vocabulary is limited because her husband won't allow her therapy, she has asked "help-me" many times, and tells doctors to "Stop" when they are doing procedures which are apparently painful. These are just a few examples.
Terri also breathes on her own and according to reports from a neurologist who examined her, she is also able to receive nourishment orally, but again her husband won't not allow it.

If Terri's condition is what some doctors consider brain death, we have a serious problem. It is good that this has been brought to public awareness, because millions have a living will. I am about to make one myself and you can be certain that I will be very specific concerning what I consider brain death. I urge you to do the same.

Please continue to bombard the heavens with prayers for this innocent young woman, and her loving family.