"Brain Death" test kills patients, says expert

Dr. Cicero Coimbra, head of Neurology at Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, spoke at a conferennce on organ donation in Rome last week. He contends that the “apnoea test”, used to identify “brain death” in brain damaged patients, deprives the brain of oxygen for several minutes and, in fact, causes brain death–with organ donor officials standing by with papers in hand.

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