Jahi is now alive and showing signs of life. What's worse, he brainstem is damaged but her cortex is alive on tests.
And one wonders if racism was behind the rush to declare her dead. No, I don't think so (doctors are now being trained to see the mentally handicapped of all races as useless eaters). But one wonders if the family thinks racism might be behind it, or if the black community is taking note of the case. It's an open secret that Blacks and other minorities won't sign "living wills" because of distrust of the medical establishment, and given how our Native American patients were treated in "liberal" Minnesota, I suspect they have a point. Where is Al Sharpton when we need him?
Yes, I am joking, but I suspect Jahi's mom didn't go along with the doctors because of this mistrust (the black community still remembers Tuskeegee experiment).
One wonders if she was a thin blond child, not a fat black girl, if the docs would be so fast to diganose brain dead when there were still drugs and brain swelling going on.
But of course, a white kid's family would have agreed with the docs (especially if the parents were educated) and let them remove the tubes keeping her alive.
the doctor involved in the case, Dr Shewman, once wrote a detailed analysis in 1990 why anencephalic babies should not be declared brain dead. It's a really scary read, but didn't stop the AMA experts a few years later declaring these babies should be sacrificed for organs (public outcry stopped them and they changed their mind...one wonders if it would get the same reception now).