Pediatrician: Jahi McMath is Not “Brain Dead,” Can Recover With Proper Care
A leading pediatrician says that Jahi McMath,
who is at the center of a national debate about whether she should
remain on life support, is not “brain dead” and can recover with proper
care and nutrition.
Late Monday afternoon, the judge in the case granted an extension for life support after a legal request from her family’s attorney.
Paul A. Byrne, a Neonatologist who is the Director of Neonatology and
Director of Pediatrics at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, Ohio,
has given a new interview to a local NBC television station. Byrne is
also a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics University of Toledo College of
Medicine and the past president of the Catholic Medical Association.
Byrne told the station he does not believe that brain death is “true
death” and said, with “proper nutrition and care,” McMath can have
meaningful recovery to the degree that she would not meet the “brain
death” criteria. He also said as much in court findings that Christopher Dolan, the attorney for McMath’s family.
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