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Hospital Agrees to 4 More Days of Physiologic Support for Dead Woman

Earlier this week, Anaheim Regional Medical Center diagnosed Lisa Avila, 37, and the mother of seven, as dead (by neurological criteria).  Accordingly, consistent with California law and the medical standard of care, the hospital told the family that it would remove physiologic support at 4 p.m. on Friday.

But Avila’s family objected, insisting that she is alive and does not want to give up.  The hospital has now agreed to further accommodate the family until noon Tuesday. (CBS News

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