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 Posted 5/14/2013 5:24:45 AM
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http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/05/13/man-brought-back-to-life-after-being-clinically-dead-for-40-minutes/?intcmp=obnetwork

At least this article used the term "clinically dead." 

"Dead" implies an irreversibility when applied to someone who is not breathing and whose heart is not beating, not unlike writing off a car that won't start as a "total loss."  So "bringing them back to life" is equally erroneous, in my opinion:  they were not dead in the first place. 


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 Posted 5/14/2013 8:01:57 PM
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I don't see how this could be possible. There are two distinct differences--Clinical death and biological death. The former is when the heart stops beating (and thus breathing ceases and hypoxia starts) and the latter is when brain death occurs. However there are only a few critical moments difference between the two.

So to say one was 'clinically' dead for 40 minutes is a bit vague because something like 6 minutes after breathing stops the brain starts to die. That person would have been biologically dead that long being clinically dead that long.

Although a person can be revived and kept alive by artificial means, such as what occurred to the person in that article. So, to make matters even more confusing one could argue the point that 'clinical' death means the heart stops beating on its own free will. Thus, being kept alive artificially, could be argued one is still 'clinically' dead. So, I think to be clear they should have said he was cliniclly dead but kept alive by artificial means for 40 minutes.

That makes more sense.


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The proper definition of human death is the cessation of human brain waves--and they cannot be restarted.
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 Posted 5/15/2013 3:59:05 AM
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IMO "clinically dead" should be scrapped as it's misleading.  Cardiac arrest is not death, but will, as we all know, cause death if not treated immediately. The term "brain dead" is also misleading. 

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