John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo
Jahi McMath, Marlise Munoz
Medical Pathology | Neurology | Nursing
Lack of understanding of brain death has contributed to recent controversial cases (Copnell, 2014). The cases of Jahi McMath and Marlise Munoz were the focus of national news, causing an intense debate among the public and healthcare professionals (Copnell, 2014). The concept of brain death is a mystery to the public (Powell, 2014). Copnell (2014) found that 60% of family members who had been told their loved one was brain dead believed that they were still alive. Health professionals not having a clear grasp of brain death’s definition and assessment can lead to increased confusion in family members (Powell, 2014).
Felter, Natalie A., "Understanding the Mystery of Brain Death" (2014). Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN). 38.