Saturday, November 08, 2008

NY family opposes end to care for brain-dead boy 

A Washington hospital is asking a judge for permission stop treating a brain dead 12-year-old boy, even though his ultra-religious parents want to keep him on life support.

Motl Brody of Brooklyn was pronounced dead this week after a half-year fight against a brain tumor.

Doctors at Children's National Medical Center in Washington say the seventh-grader's brain has ceased functioning entirely. But Motl's parents, who are Orthodox Jews, are refusing the hospital's request to remove all artificial life support.

They say their son is alive because his heart and lungs are still working. A machine inflates and deflates his lungs and drugs help his heart beat.

A District of Columbia Superior Court judge will hear arguments Monday or Wednesday on the hospital's request.


The day a doctor can come into a shul and give a drasha should be the same day that a rabbi can make a medical decision. Shame on these people for denying Hashem's clear message--the child is dead.


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