Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mom says boy declared brain dead is actually 'fighting for his life' | Miles Ma
We have an issue with irresponsible, non-medical journalists who use inappropriate language when reporting on brain death; frankly they inflame the public into believing many of the untruths regarding organ donation.
1.  The patient is declared dead by neurologic criteria.  The patient is kept on 'life support"? There is no life to support, the patient is dead!  The patient is kept on a mechanical ventilator.
2.  "Saw him jerk his shoulders" The doctor said he never seen this happen?  We find it hard  to believe that a trained doctor has not seen involuntary muscle movement before, unless this was a new resident. 
Our condolences and sympathy to the Laveccha family.  Shame on the media.  Shame on the hospital for not supporting the family in understanding death.

PATERSON — The mother of a 13-year-old boy declared brain dead on Sunday said she still wants treatment for her son though he failed to respond to series of neurological tests Tuesday.

Michael "Mikey" Lavecchia III was pronounced brain dead at 11:55 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.

He had been riding from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania with his father, Michael Jr., and Giovanni Laboy, the 14-year-old brother of Michael Jr.'s fiancee, when their car slammed into the back of a Mack truck parked on the side of Route 80 eastbound. Michael Jr. and Giovanni died Saturday.

After Mikey was pronounced dead, his mother, Laureen Lavecchia, chose to donate his organs. Doctors kept the boy on life support while they sought a recipient.

While Laureen kept vigil over Mikey Sunday night, she saw him jerk his shoulders. He later moved his arms and legs, she said.

"The doctor that saw him jerking his shoulders said he had never seen that happen," she said. Continue reading 

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