A Canadian court will soon decide whether those with a religious objection to brain death can avoid being declared dead on neurological criteria like everyone else. Only New Jersey affords that right in the United States.
Shalom Ouanounou was admitted to Ontario’s Humber River Hospital in September, after as asthma attack. He was later determined and declared brain dead. But his family obtained an injunction preventing the hospital from removing physiological support.
The parties argued the merits of the case on February 12 and 13, 2018. Justice Glenn Hainey will issue his judgment in a few weeks.