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Parents in Brain Death Disputes Often Self-Interested

On May 1, 2016, Kaiser Roseville filed its Opposition to the motion for injunctive relief filed by Jonee Fonseca (mother of Israel Stinson).  

Interestingly, Kaiser notes that “the parents and Child Protective Services were informed that Israel’s medical history and the failure to comply with medical recommendations were weakening Israel’s lung capacity so much so that Israel might, at some point, not be able to recover . . . .”

This is notable, because many brain death cases (including the leading Dority case in California) that have gone to court have involved parents who abused the child and caused the brain death.  Consequently, their opposition to withdrawing physiological support is often motivated by the desire to avoid elevated criminal charges.

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