posted on Jun, 5 2017 @ 11:29 PM
a reply to: TobyFlenderson
Informed consent isn't always available. In fact, it usually isn't.
Ethically, most jurisdictions require medical professionals to make every effort possible to save lives unless required otherwise by law, such as in
the case of DNRs
. That's how cases like the ones Bioquark is researching come into
Anyone being maintained on life support after being declared brain-dead, vegetative or legally dead has either not made provisions for discontinuing
life support or those provisions aren't being honored. Unless specifically instructed otherwise, doctors are ethically bound to preserve life, and
"vegetative" is not always accepted
as morally or legally dead. In general, the operative
assumption is that an uncommunicative patient presented for medical treatment would wish to live if at all possible, and here we are.
I think the issue has less to do with consent (which would have to be provided by next of kin, anyway) than it does with what constitutes "death".
If they're really dead, they have nothing to lose, and if they're not, they shouldn't be considered dead.