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Michael LaVecchia – Brain Dead Boy Still Showing Signs of Life

Nearly three weeks after being declared brain dead at New Jersey’s St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, 13-year-old Michael LaVecchia is still showing signs of life, his mother said.  (NJ Record)

Lavecchia is now at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital.  As she waits for more definitive findings, his mother said she is seeking input from clinicians who have “differing views” on how much time and testing is needed before a diagnosis of “brain death” can be made.


Like the ongoing Aden Hailu case in Nevada and Jahi McMath case in California, this case (though not yet in court) appears to be another that “pits the diagnostic standards of established neurology specialists against outside-the-mainstream clinicians who push for more extensive testing.”

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