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Re: Brain Death [Jun. 1st, 2008|05:21 am]
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My husband was declared brain dead 3 weeks ago fron a Class 5 brain aneurysm and was an organ doner. Is there anyway that he could have survived? I've read, recently, that the "apnea test" used to declare brain death actually causes more damage to the brain, then those patients who are allowed to remain on life support.

My biggest fear is that I killed my husband, inadvertantly, because I allowed them to harvest his organs. I also read that brain dead people actually twitch and move when cut open by a scalpel. Must like a normal person would if they hadn't had enough anethesia.

I cannot bear the thought of him suffering through that. While we were waiting for his fever to go down (he had pneumonia), He still got goosebumps when I touched his skin, and he twitched a few times right before we had to say goodbye. We WATCHED him move. Did I screw up? I am haunted by this everyday. I don't think I could forgive myself if there was a chance that he could have survived.

I need to know if goosebumps are involuntary, simply by adrenaline, and if his twitching meant nothing. From what I've read, brain dead people don't even move.

I appreciate it.
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