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Another California Brain Death Dispute – Israel Stinson

Two-year-old Israel Stinson suffered a severe asthma attack and has been on life support since April 1.  This week, clinicians at the Placer County, CA Kaiser hospital told Israel’s parents that they intended to run another test to determine Israel’s brain activity—and that they would likely withdraw organ support.


Israel’s mother posted notes throughout Israel’s hospital room instructing Kaiser not to conduct any tests on her son without her permission. Consistent with the standard of care, the hospital conducted the tests anyway.  


Israel’s parents and Life Legal Defense Foundation obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting the hospital from withdrawing organ support.  They will be back in court today seeking a temporary injunction until he can be evaluated by an outside specialist.

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