In April 2018, physicians at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia determined that Areen Chakrabarti was dead, because they diagnosed the irreversible cessation of all functions of his brain.
But CHOP was unable to remove Areen from the hospital as they normally do after diagnosing death. Areen’s family contested the diagnosis and contended that Pennsylvania must honor religious objections to brain death. Court injunctions pending judicial review kept Areen at CHOP for months.
In June 2018, Areen traveled to Guatemala for a tracheostomy. That allowed the family to transfer Areen to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
But in August 2018, as with other cases (like Jahi McMath) involving family-clinician conflicts over brain death, Areen was determined dead on cardiopulmonary criteria, mooting the brain death issue.