brain absent

brain absent

A term that tentatively used in Germany from the late 1980s up to 2000 for anencephalic infants, which skirts the semantic and ethical dilemma of brain death, and allow wider use of anencephalics as organ donors.
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Ohdo syndrome - a defect through the midline of the body - left Freddie with 14pc of his brain absent, a wide fontanelle, a stubby and upturned nose, small jaw, low set ears, long thumbs and big toes and, crucially in his case, complex heart problems.