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Aden Hailu – Already Determined Dead on Neurological Criteria, Now Declared Dead on Cardiopulmonary Criteria

20-year old Aden Hailu was declared brain dead in April.   (Las Vegas Review Journal)  Yesterday, she met the criteria for cardiopulmonary death, thus mooting her family’s lawsuit over the right way to measure brain death.  

Two months ago, the Nevada Supreme Court unanimously ruled that standards used by the hospital to make a determination of brain death might not satisfy state law.  The trial court has been holding hearings to gather evidence on whether those standards satisfy Nevada law.  

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