God Bless the Marine Corps.
We become such hypocrites when it comes time to honor "parents' rights" and religious scruples.
Which ones - the ones that created this situation to begin with or the ones who created the methods by which life can be sustained artificially?
Doctors are humans - and can be wrong. No doubt, those incidences in which they are wrong are central to the family's thoughts and feelings, here. As is the fact that Doctors committed the child to the surgery and Doctors did the surgery . . . you know, it's a round Robin of Doctors this and Doctors that.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
She was just waiting to be old enough to run for office.
Life is so fragile and so much can go wrong. It's a miracle that we are even here at all, and that the myriad of bodily systems work together to produce this phenomenon that we call aliveness.
I find it a bit strange though that even the most religious people, when confronted with someone who is brain dead and on life support, still relate to that body as if the person is going to come back any second. Didn't their spirituality teach them that the consciousness is basically gone already? There's no one in there, I'm afraid, and despite what popular media makes it seem like, even those people who wake up from lengthy comas tend to come back not quite right.
If she has her blood pressure supported and she is kept warm, three days may not be accurate.
Remember, a lot of folks who wind up brain dead are either older or have had traumatic brain injury - or have multiple massive acute insults to their body. For a brain dead person she is relatively healthy. Her obesity would have taken decades to cause major cardiovascular issue.