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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Family Wants More Time for Dad Declared Brain Dead Before Organs are Donated

OrgandonationAnthony Vallejo, 30, of California suffered a major asthma attack on July 8 that caused his lungs to collapse. By the time the man was rushed to the hospital by paramedics and intubated, his brain had been deprived of oxygen for at least 10 minutes. 

Two doctors have declared the father of two young boys brain dead, and though she says that she respects her husband's decision to be an organ donor, Talia Vellejo posted on her Facebook fundraiser that the family wishes to have more time with him for his brain to possibly heal. His heart is still beating, but according to the according to the National Kidney Foundation, as long as the heart is receiving oxygen, such as from a ventilator, it will continue to beat. Regardless of heartbeat, once a registered organ donor is declared brain dead by two doctors there is a vital window in which to remove organs.

The family has been given a deadline of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at which time Anthony will be prepped for organ donation.

See Alexandria Hein, Family Wants More Time for Dad Declared Brain Dead Before Organs are Donated, Fox News, July 16, 2019.


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