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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

NCBC Ethicist Grapples with Issue of Brain Death, Weighs in on Jahi McMath Case

The National Catholic Bioethics Center has been commenting on questions about brain death and reaching out to those with related concerns as the difficult issue of assessing and caring for persons suffering cerebral damage has reentered the consciousness of Americans. This week, as media outlets continued to report on the tragic case of Jahi McMath in California, Staff Ethicist John A. DiCamillo gave an interview to the Catholic News Agency that has been picked up by religious and secular media contributors and is being cited widely.

NCBC Staff Ethicist, John A. DiCamillo

John's opinions were quoted, notably, by Catholic blogger Simcha Fisher and John provided more quotes to Religious News correspondent (and Washington Post contributor) Cathy Lynn Grossman in two excellent pieces related to the news on the McMath case.

Please take a little time and learn about a few elements of the NCBC's stance on brain death highlighted in John DiCamillo's interview with the Catholic News Agency, HERE.

To read two excellent follow-up pieces in response to John's interview, please see Simcha Fisher's post HERE 

and Cathy Grossman's piece HERE.

Stay tuned to the NCBCblog, as we expect further commentary on the issue of brain death will be forthcoming.

And most importantly, please pray for Jahi McMath and her family.

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