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Is Aden Hailu Dead under Nevada Law? Case Back in District Court

In July 2015, the Washoe County (Nevada) District Court held that Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno could disconnect Aden Hailu from a ventilator and IV tube, because she had been declared dead.  But on November 16, 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court overturned that ruling. 

The Supreme Court directed the District Court to hold hearings on whether American Association of Neurology brain death guidelines (on which Hailu has been declared dead) conform with Nevada’s Determination of Death Act.

But Hailu’s father wants a “tracheostomy, proper nutrition and thyroid medication” before consenting to “any EEG or brain vascular flow studies.”  The hospital is now asking the court to force the father to consent to tests to confirm death.

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