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Brain Death and the Controversial Case of Jahi McMath

Harvard Medical School
25 Shattuck St., Boston
Wed., Apr. 11, 2018, 5 – 7 p.m.

Brain Death and the Controversial Case of Jahi McMath

Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl, was diagnosed as dead by neurological criteria (brain death) more than four years ago, following complications from a tonsillectomy. Her family refused to accept the diagnosis, and she was transferred to New Jersey, which offers a religious exemption to brain death. Although legally dead, she continues to grow and develop, supported with tube feedings and a ventilator. The panelists in this public bioethics forum will examine the neurological, bioethical, and social implications of this controversial case.

Gazette Classification: Conferences, Education, Ethics, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
Organization/SponsorHMS Center for Bioethics
Speaker(s): Arthur Caplan, PhD; Alan Shewmon, MD; Michele Goodwin, JD; Robert Truog, MD - Moderator
Cost: Free, registration required
Ticket Web Linkbioethics.hms.harvard.edu…
Contact InfoHMS Center for Bioethics
More infobioethics.hms.harvard.edu…

Date: 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 17:00