Defining Brain Death

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A judge ruled last week that an Oakland girl whose family wants her kept on life support is legally dead. The family wants her moved to long-term care. We'll speak with physicians and ethicists about the definition of brain death, and confer with a grief counselor about how to make the difficult decision to remove a loved one from life support.


David Magnus, director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and professor of pediatrics at Stanford University

Chris Taich, director of bereavement services at the Pathways Home Health and Hospice in Sunnyvale

David Greer, professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the Yale School of Medicine