Chapter 6.A.3 Redefining Death
There is some question whether cessation of heartbeat and respiration are really inevitable after brain death. While it appears that most brain dead patients cannot be maintained more than two or three months, some have been maintained for more than a year, including one patient for more than 14 years. D. Alan Shewmon, Chronic "Brain Death": Meta-analysis and Conceptual Consequences, 51 Neurology 1538 (1998).
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