In September 2019, physicians at a Michigan hospital declared Bobby Reyes, a 14-year-old boy, dead by neurologic criteria. Nearly 3 weeks later, they took Bobby off of organ support, despite his parents’ valiant attempts to prevent discontinuation of support by obtaining legal injunctions and seeking transfer to another facility. To provide other children who have severe brain injuries an extended opportunity to recover before pronouncement of death by neurologic criteria (DNC), Bobby’s parents are working with a Michigan legislator to create “Bobby’s Law.” The proposal, if enacted, would allow parents/legal guardians to delay apnea testing (AT) for an unspecified period, thereby preventing determination of DNC and discontinuation of organ support.1
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Lewis A, Bonnie RJ, Pope T. Is There a Right to Delay Determination of Death by Neurologic Criteria? JAMA Neurol. 2020;77(11):1347–1348. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.1815
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