Judge OKs brain tests in Reno end-of-life case

by KEN RITTER AND MICHELLE RINDELS  |  published on December 30, 2015

A Nevada judge gave a Reno hospital the go-ahead Tuesday to conduct brain wave tests on a 20-year-old woman who has been on life-support since April, but the judge indicated she won’t rule until at least Jan. 22 on the crucial question of life or death.

Washoe County Family Court Judge Frances Doherty said she wants lawyers for Aden Hailu’s father and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center to submit arguments by Jan. 8 about whether additional CT scan and eye reflex tests should be performed.

David O’Mara, attorney for the father, Fanuel Gebreyes, lost a bid to delay brain electroencephalogram, or EEG, tests until Hailu receives thyroid treatments that could boost her metabolism and better measure her condition.

  • Marilyn Krocheski

    No, but that hospital needs to be sued out of their gord for killing her in the first place and second the hospital needs to change their name to Satans hospital, how dare they use that name for that hospital beinjg that they aren’t very caring at all….

  • Poptoy1949

    There was a case near my part of the world that recently broke…..I person had been ruled
    Brain Dead and they wanted to pull the Plug…….His Mother said NO Way and took him home and kept him on the ventilator for about another year and one half. Her reasoning was that GOD gives life….God takes life. It seemed to be sound reasoning……her son woke up and is now recuperating. I would rather Trust GOD than trust a Judge. I wish everyone out there a Happy New Year. God Bless.

  • Pat Prybil

    This poor woman has had extensive tests, and was deemed brain dead. This poor father is grasping at straws. This story first broke in April. During surgery this woman suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen. Kitty shouldn’t have commented without knowing the facts.

    • Kitty

      Brain damage, is not the same as brain dead. She still deserves the right
      to live and may in time fully recover. It happens all the time, the brain
      can repair itself. I agree with the father.

      • Pat Prybil

        Kitty– Go back and read the hospitals findings. She is not brain damaged. She was deemed brain dead. If there is no brain activity, as is in this case, a person is deemed dead, and being kept alive by machines. If the father wants to transfer his daughter to a nursing home, and pay her bill, because she is deemed dead, I agree he should. I was fortunate, my son made it clear to us that he did not want to live in a vegetable stage, when we had to make the same decision.

  • edorr1atcoxdotnet

    Who is paying for this young lady’s hospital stay, I hope the father that seems to think she is still alive and capable of recovery, the Nevada tax-payers should not pay a single penny.

    • Kitty

      That is not the important issue here. It is a question of life or death.
      Every human being has the right to life — and if that means getting
      her Thyroid medication she should get it asap. Someday, you
      may be alive but unable to speak (temporarily) in the hospital,
      would you want the hospital to give up on you?

      • I Seigel

        It’s a VERY important issue. Just because humans have the capability of doing something, does that mean they should do it?

        You say people aren’t capable of affecting or changing the climate. You say that only God can affect the climate. Then why should you then say that people are capable of prolonging “life”? If the woman was meant to die, then who are we to second-guess that?

        If you’re going to admit that people have the capability of curing disease or prolonging life – things that God creates and decides as part of the natural order – then you also have to admit that people have the capability of affecting the climate.

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