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Dispute over organ donation brings attention to defining death

from The Columbus Dispatch

The death of 21-year-old Elijah Smith at Grant Medical Center this month and his family's dispute with Lifeline of Ohio over his organ donation has brought to the forefront questions about what constitutes death. Most doctors agree that a person has died when the brain ceases to perform its most essential functions, even if machines and medications keep the heart beating and the lungs delivering oxygen. more


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