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Who decides if you're dead?

Dr. Brian Goldman on Taquisha McKitty's case, and what happens when doctors and patients' families disagree on what death is.
Taquisha McKitty has been declared brain dead but her family says she shows signs of life. (Instagram)
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"In the vast majority of circumstances, families and care providers in the intensive care unit are on the same page," says Dr. Brian Goldman on Taquisha McKitty's case. The 27-year old woman has been declared brain dead by five doctors, but is breathing with the assistance of a ventilator at the request of her family. Their fight to keep her alive is now before the Ontario Court of Appeal. Dr. Goldman, emergency physician and host of CBC Radio's White Coat Black Art, explains how the case sheds light on the complications of defining death.

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