Brain Death and the Controversial Case of Jahi McMath

Evening Public Forum, April 11
Jahi McMath Brain Death

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

MCPHS University
Stoklosa Hall
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Brain Death and the Controversial Case of Jahi McMath

This is a free public forum that will launch the HMS Annual Bioethics Conference.

Registration is required via the Annual Bioethics Conference page, but there is no cost to attend.

In 2013, Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl, was diagnosed as dead by neurological criteria (brain death) more than four years ago, following complications from a tonsillectomy. Her family refused to accept the diagnosis, and she was transferred to New Jersey, which offers a religious exemption to brain death. Although legally dead, she continues to grow and develop, supported with tube feedings and a ventilator. The panelists in this public bioethics forum will examine the neurological, bioethical, and social implications of this controversial case.


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