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November 23, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two more children died as a result of the tornado that smashed down a cafeteria wall at East Coldenham Elementary School near Newburgh, N.Y., last Thursday, bringing the toll to nine. Mark Flanagan, 7, was declared brain dead after a series of tests, and 8-year-old Jennifer Homan died of "brain death secondary to multiple trauma," a hospital spokesman said. Gov. Mario M. Cuomo ordered an investigation into the disaster. Sixteen other children were injured when the tornado struck.
April 15, 2007
Re "Close call in death ruling of potential organ donor," April 12 The article places undue emphasis on the patient being a "potential organ donor," as brain-death diagnoses and declarations are made entirely independent of decisions to be organ donors. Brain death was formalized to enable families, doctors and hospitals to cease the futile care of patients whose hearts and breathing would stop without mechanical support. This patient and family were fortunate that the organ recovery coordinator was a part of a team that identified the misdiagnosis before the attending physician acted on The Times' cited statement, "We're pulling the plug."
February 19, 1988 | JANNY SCOTT and LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writers
The first anencephalic baby to be kept alive in the United States solely for the purpose of preserving his organs for donation has been declared brain-dead, clearing the way for his liver and perhaps heart to be transplanted into another infant. Officials at Loma Linda Medical Center described the baby's quiet death as vindication of the controversial procedure, saying they had succeeded in preserving the infant's organs without causing him pain or inordinately prolonging his life.
Into every woman's life, a little brain death must fall. The symptoms: unlikable kids, insane pets, talking televisions, too many self-help books. And a tremendous desire to see "Six Women With Brain Death . . . or Expiring Minds Want to Know" over and over. "Brain Death," a sketch comedy and musical revue opening Friday at the Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, has been known to strike such a chord with women that they see it multiple times. The first time, they bring their husband or boyfriend.
December 24, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An independent neurologist appointed by a n Alameda County judge  has affirmed that a 13-year-old Oakland girl is brain-dead after a  tonsillectomy on Dec. 9, paving the way for her to be removed from life support. The opinion by Paul Graham Fisher, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Stanford School of Medicine, backs the assessments of two doctors at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland after  Jahi McMath had her tonsils removed, went into  cardiac arrest and  the flow of oxygen to her brain was cut off. She was declared brain-dead after three tests showed there was no "cerebral activity," according to court records.
April 12, 2007 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
A man whose family agreed to donate his organs for transplant upon his death was wrongly declared brain-dead by two doctors at a Fresno hospital, records and interviews show. Only after the man's 26-year-old daughter and a nurse became suspicious was a third doctor, a neurosurgeon, brought in. He determined that John Foster, 47, was not brain-dead, a condition that would have cleared the way for his organs to be removed, records of the Feb. 21 incident show.
December 19, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and ROBERT STEINBROOK, Times Staff Writers
Loma Linda University Medical Center on Friday released its long-awaited "protocol" on how it would use brain-dead babies as organ donors--conceding as it did so that the guidelines may be too ambiguous to work. The protocol provides medical, legal and ethical guidelines under which a baby born with a fatal defect called anencephaly could be sustained with a respirator so that its vital organs would not deteriorate and therefore could be donated.
January 1, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
A group linked to the family of Terri Schiavo says it is now working with the family of Jahi McMath over what to do with the 13-year-old girl. Jahi's family has been trying to find a facility that will take her while at the same time fighting in court to keep her on a ventilator at Children's Hospital Oakland, where she was declared  brain dead  on Dec. 12 -- three days after a tonsillectomy surgery. The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network told the Associated Press Wednesday that it is trying to help the McMath family find a facility for Jahi.
December 30, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A married couple from Garden Grove who investigators suspect died in a murder-suicide were identified Monday by Orange County coroner's officials. Thanh Vuong, 51, and Yvone Tran, 39, were found with gunshot wounds Thursday in their home in the 1500 block of Sail Avenue. Paramedics pronounced them dead at the scene. Police went to the house after receiving a 911 hang-up call from the home at 4:16 a.m. A male relative called the Garden Grove Police Department shortly after and said a family member may have shot his wife and then himself.
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