brainstem death


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brainstem death

Somatic death in which a person has suffered irreversible neuronal damage to the midbrain, pons and upper medulla, affecting the respiratory centres and ascending reticular activating system, resulting in irreversible coma and loss of spontaneous respiration.
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Moments before Benjamin collapsed and suffered brainstem death on the pitch, his pal heard him shout to him: "I don't know what's going on.
Dr Evans registers his objection to the equivalence of brainstem death with death, and makes a plea for greater public discussion of such matters, particularly if a presumed consent policy on organ retrieval were to be enacted in Wales.
Procurement agencies formerly considered only persons suffering from brainstem death who had indicated during their lifetime that they wished to donate.
But he died two days later when brainstem death was established and life support was withdrawn.
An opt-out system would not mean that more people would suddenly suffer brainstem death but it would increase the overall pool of potential donors, thereby increasing the number of organs available, supporters claim.
The author revisits the concepts of brain death and brainstem death, calling for death to be defined in terms of the entire body instead of just the brain.