Campaign Life Coalition reiterates the reality of "Brain death"



    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Campaign Life Coalition is seriously concerned
about the discussion surrounding the debate over a child's life and the
donation of her organs. "The unfolding drama of Baby Kaylee and Baby Lillian
has tugged at our hearts and countless prayers have been offered by people for
the babies and their families," said Jim Hughes, National President of
Campaign Life Coalition.
    Some in the media and medical profession are referring to brain death, an
imprecise and dangerous notion that can have lethal consequences for those who
are not yet truly dead. "Brain death is not true death but a method devised to
end a life to retrieve organs from the patient," said Mr. Hughes.
    Dr. John Shea, Campaign Life Coalition's medical consultant answers the
question on brain death this way: 'Brain Death', is the most common
determination of death prior to organ harvesting and involves the cessation of
brain activity. There is no general agreement that 'brain death' is in fact
death. The criteria for establishing 'brain death' varies from the US to
England and through the other countries of Europe.
    "The fundamental question is -'is the person dead?' It is not ethical to
harvest organs from living persons if it will result in their deaths. That is
true even if we don't know for sure that the person is living or dead, as in
the case of some people in coma and on life support. Thus the answer to the
question - is the person dead - is resoundingly that we don't know in the case
of 'brain death'."
    Campaign Life Coalition urges the Provincial Government to exercise
extreme prudence when developing legislation on organ donation. Every caution
should be taken to ensure those who are still alive are not killed for organ
harvesting.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC National
Organizer, (613) 389-4472 (phone and message); Jeff Gunnarson, CLC Toronto,
(416) 204-9749

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