Who knew the result of connecting Daddy's brain to his anencephalic
clone's brain stem?
Sally suggests that, in the future, if she were to birth another anencephalic
baby she would like to explore the option of consenting to organ donation when the baby is about 10 hours of age in order to help the survival of other babies.
That procedure was carried out on June 3; the anencephalic
newborn died five hours later.
newborns have no brain cortex, brain blood flow and EEG which are used to determine brain death are meaningless.
fetuses generally have inhibited respiratory functioning and often subsist only with the assistance of a respiratory apparatus.
Human Rights Committee decided its first abortion case, which dealt with a seventeen-year-old Peruvian girl who'd been forced to carry an anencephalic
fetus one missing most of its forebrain--to term, despite the fact that it had no chance of surviving more than a few days outside the womb.
Ending the lives of such living patients harms them no more than abortion of living anencephalic
fetuses harms them.
For example, anencephalic
fetuses have a tendency to be born post term, children with Trisomy 18 to be born preterm or post term, and children with Down syndrome to be born early.
A case report and literature review regarding acardiac twin pregnancy coexisting with anencephalic
twin, associated with being exposed to chicken pox during the first trimester of pregnancy
However, others found increased zinc content in umbilical cord serum in anencephalic
newborns and spina bifida-affected newborns (5).
When Singer asks why we should "treat the life of an anencephalic
human child as sacrosanct and feel free to kill healthy baboons in order to take their organs," (7) he means not only that it is morally acceptable to allow such a child to die of natural causes but that it would be morally permissible to kill such a child, either to "harvest" the organs for transplant or simply because no one sees any good in the child's continued existence.
With the stagnating numbers of brain dead donors and the increased need for organs, new categories of persons under consideration as donors include: anencephalic
newborns; non-beating-heart donors and persons revived after suffering cardiac death; executed prisoners (not applicable in Canada); (3) and persons with irreversible brain damage (4) or those persisting in prolonged vegetative states.