There are many conditions that can affect consciousness, but none as devastating as brain death. What happens to the body when brain dead?
How Brain Death Works
“Patients who suffer brain death are not in coma. Patients in coma may or may not progress to brain death.
The brain is a very complex organ. It is the brain that controls not only an individual’s thought process and voluntary movements, but it controls involuntary movements and other vital body functions.”
Life After Brain Death: Is The Body Still ‘Alive’?
“A 13-year-old girl in California continues to be on a ventilator after being declared brain-dead by doctors. Although a brain-dead person is not legally alive, how much of the body will keep on working with the help of technology, and for how long?”
Disorders of Consciousness: Brain Death, Coma, and the Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States
“Approximately five minutes after a terrible car accident that ejected Matt Trenton from his car, first responders found him face down and not breathing. They placed an endotracheal (breathing) tube in his trachea (windpipe) and transported him to the hospital, where he was admitted to the ICU. He received treatments, such as medications to elevate blood pressure, ventilator support of breathing, and IV fluids for hydration, all of which are necessary to support the brain and the body so that the brain can recover from injury.”
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