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.
However, proponents of the practice may appeal to any of three alternatives: Amend the definition of death so that the anencephalic child is "dead" by virtue of his anomaly (this is called "definitional gerrymandering" in other contexts); concede that the child is alive but remove his organs anyway on utilitarian grounds; or create an entirely separate ethical category for anencephalic infants, such as "brain absent," on the grounds that anencephaly is an absolutely unique category, "sui generis." [6]