The Defining Death Debate
March 28, 2012
Proponents defend restarting circulation with the ECMO machine. "They are in fact dead," said Jeffrey D. Punch, director of the transplant center at the University of Michigan. Punch said of the patients, noting that circulation has only been restored with a machine and no one will try to revive the donors' hearts in any way. Doctors wait five minutes after the hearts stop beating to make sure the patients are really gone, he added.
A Struggle To Define 'Death' For Organ Donors, Rob Stein, NPR, March 28, 2012
Resuscitating the Dead Donor Rule, David Magnus, The Bioethics Channel, August 28, 2011