As I recently predicted at the Harvard Medical School Annual Bioethics Conference and as I have written about here, there are an increasing number of brain death conflicts reaching U.S. courts.
The latest case concerns 14-year-old Areen Chakrabarti. Areen suffered from smoke inhalation after a house fire in mid-April. Clinicians at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia later diagnosed him dead.
Areen’s mother rejected the diagnosis and obtained a TRO preventing CHOP from removing organ sustaining treatment. She may be seeking transfer to a hospital in New Jersey where she may assert a religious objection to brain death.