Tag: OK

  • On brain death and the Jahi McMath story

    The recent and unfolding tragedy of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who died following complications of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, has focused many people on the question of brain death. Although I have no more details about this case than anyone else reading the news, I am quite familiar with the sort of things that happened…

  • Technology-dependent children, revisited

    I last wrote about technology-dependent children two years ago. The term is a broad one, but it describes those children who rely on some piece of technology, such as a mechanical ventilator, to live. They are fragile and challenging children to care for for physicians, but much, much more so for their families. I’ve been…