Life and death can not exist in the same person at the same time…or Can They?
According to the government and hospitals all across America the answer is YES. However, this belief did not come about until 45 years ago with the introduction of “brain death.”
Biologically speaking, our bodies are made of cells, tissues, and organs including three major vital systems. No one organ or system controls all other organs and systems. Interdependent functioning of organs and systems maintains unity, homeostasis, immune defenses, growth, healing and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
When a person is on a ventilator all the signs of life are present, including temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and respiration. When a person dies, the signs of death are present including the lack of breathing, heartbeat, pulse and blood pressure.
A person’s brain may be severally injured, they are in a deep coma but they are not dead.
We were together as a family when Jamie was taken off the ventilator. The signs of life one minute and the signs of death 14 minutes later. It was obvious… one minute he was there and the next minute he was gone from this earth.
We had no choice but to remove him from life support, we were told “no hospital in the U.S would take him in that condition.” As a family together we decided we were not going to allow Jamie to die in a cold,sterile operating room with his organs being cut out while he was alive.
The fact of the matter is if you are biologically dead, your organ’s can not be used. The organs must be vital…or alive. Within 4 minutes and some say sooner after your heart has stopped, blood flow through the heart to the all the vital organs makes them unusable.
God created a person with a body and a soul.
You are not dead until the soul leaves the body, that is true death.
Gen 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Two parts 1) the physical=body and 2) the soul from the breath of God.
Dr. Michael Devita, Professor, Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,who has done a lot of research on the non heart beating donor, said that transplant donors are “pretty dead” before their organs are extracted.
“Pretty dead” was not ok with us, is it ok for you?