Nope. Don't be ridiculous.The body is likely showing signs of decomposition already.
"Months old cadaver" is misrepresenting the situation a bit. Yes, Mrs. Munoz is brain dead. Her body is not going to breathe on its own, the ventilator is doing that. She isn't going to eat or drink anything on her own - there's workarounds for that too. Without brainstem function, blood pressure won't be regulated... again... workarounds.No one has ever attempted to bring a fetus to term and deliver it from a months old cadaver nor should such a disgusting medical experiment be allowed.
This isn't a "disgusting medical experiment." I don't know where you get this crazy notion.
In Michigan a woman named Christine Bolden suffered an aneurysm while pregnant with twins and was declared braindead. They kept her on a ventilator for quite some time. Twins were delivered healthy via C-section. That's hardly the only case, even, that's just recent enough I can find it via a quick Google.
Granted in that case the family members weren't acting crazy and selfish...
Last edited by Napoleon; 01-18-14 at 07:37 PM.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
Yes, the condition of the body and its remaining living tissues will degrade. Did I say otherwise? The dead brain, for example, that's going to decompose immediately. No stopping that.The body WILL decompose whether it is hooked up to machines or not just as it was/is in the case of Jahi McMath. The machines may slow down the process, but certainly not by decades.
When you say "it will slow down the process," well, good enough, no one here was of the opinion that we could or even should stop the process, just delay it.
The kid doesn't need all that much more time. You may be right about the decades thing, I may have the wires of the ol' memory bank crossed with folks merely in a coma or PVS on a ventilator... but the point is you can do a lot with vasoactive drugs and a ventilator to keep a body physiologically working and in this case you medically absolutely should, because there is still a patient you can save.
Again, I remind you of the twins in Michigan and your insistance that this has somehow never happened and could never turn out well. In both cases, quite incorrect.
Yes, the organism that was Mrs. Munoz is dead, because her brain was deprived of oxygen and it died. I'm not arguing with you on this point. Brain death is death.And referring to the body as a months old cadaver is not a misrepresentation at all. This woman has been dead for two months.
However, most of the cells and tissues and organs that were part of her body aren't dead yet, courtesy of the life support. As a result, her kid is still getting nutrition and oxygen right now. If the rest of Mrs. Munoz's body was dead, then there would be no point to any of this care, as the kid would now be dead. Do you see the flaw yet in what you are saying?
Last edited by JayDubya; 01-18-14 at 08:32 PM.
People keep saying "what would the mother want", her speculative wishes are completely irrelevant.
This isn't a game.