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Brain Death to be Accepted in 2000

Dec 01,1998
Patients suffering from brain death will be deemed legally dead in 2000. The Ministry of Heath and Welfare (MOHW) revealed on December 1 that the State Council passed a resolution to amend the related law. The MOHW plans to bring this bill to the National Assembly and get it passed.
The bill states that a patient will considered legally dead when there is no brain activity and this will be decided by a board which the MOHW will appoint. The bill also states that five prior conditions must exist including no possibility of recovery and the maintaining of life by a respirator. A further nine conditions including discontinuity of brain waves for more than 30 minutes should be satisfied.
Although it is not possible to confirm whether or not a brain-dead person agreed to the donating of body parts, the family can donate his or her internal organs. The family can refuse the donation, even if the brain-dead person explicitly agreed to the donation before. The bill also states that any person involved in illegal organ donations will be sentenced to more than two years of imprisonment.



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