Fetus of brain-dead woman 'not viable,' according to family

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  • Maudine SLC, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    If you read the study mentioned, it was actually 30 brain dead pregnant women and 12 successful births.

    The primary considerations are age of the fetus and lung development.

    The fetal age at the time of the mother's brain death appears to be borderline for success of the pregnancy and the child's survival. The additional problems associated with this fetus reduce the risk of the child surviving to delivery let alone beyond.

    What a hard situation.

  • Robert Riversong Warren, VT
    Jan. 25, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    It's time the law recognize that a fetus is not an independent person deserving of protection, but a biological entity that is intimately connected to the mother's physiological, mental and emotional state until it is born and cut off from the mother's body by the severing of the umbilical cord.

    A dead body cannot incubate a healthy fetus, and this kind of high-tech medical intervention is the equivalent of Dr. Frankenstein's experiments.