Who knew the result of connecting Daddy's brain to his anencephalic
clone's brain stem?
And how did it benefit the anencephalic
infant to have another couple of months of life in utero, and then five hours of life outside?
newborns have no brain cortex, brain blood flow and EEG which are used to determine brain death are meaningless.
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.
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.
In the case of live birth, anencephalic
infants have a very short life span typically of a few hours or days.
(7) In the Baby K case, (8) physicians and a hospital ethics committee argued in 1993 that mechanical ventilation of an anencephalic
child was "futile" and served "no therapeutic or palliative purpose" and was otherwise medically unnecessary and inappropriate.
(2005) observed extremely low expression of CYP3A7 in livers of anencephalic
Fetuses and Research Embryos: Subjects of Rights?