The issue of whether consent is necessary for an apnea brain death test is at the heart of Lawson v. VCU, now pending before the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Now, another case addresses the same issue. Lydia Cassaro, the mother of Randall Bianchi, has already brought other legal actions concerning the medical treatment of her son. Her new lawsuit, filed in Cook County, Illinois, alleges that clinicians were negligent for conducting a brain death apnea test without her consent. Here are excerpts from the complaint.
“67. The apnea test – which cuts off oxygen to the brain – causes hypoxia and hypercapnia, and will bring about severe, irreversible brain damage in patients, who, with proper care, would otherwise survive.”
“68. Despite being available, the Defendants did not obtain informed consent from both Lydia and Mark to perform the apnea test.”
“77. At 8:00 PM, Defendant Friedman, administered a second apnea test, likely causing further irreversible brain injury.
“78. Again, the Defendants did not obtain informed consent from both Lydia and Mark to perform the second apnea test.”