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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Family of Brain-Dead Patient in Arizona says He's Still Alive and Doesn't Want His Organs Procured

Donor26-year-old Ruben Vati suffered a drug overdose on September 11, 2019 and was rushed to Phoenix HonorHealth Hospital. Four days later he was declared brain dead, but his family claims that he is just in a vegetative state and with time, he can "come out" of it.

According to court documents, Vati no longer has any brain function and is being kept "alive" through machines for the purpose of procuring his organs. Vati registered twice with the Donor Network of Arizona, a procurement agency, who states that five patients are currently waiting for life-saving organs from Vati. The agency claims that time is of the essence, and the life-span of the organs are dwindling. A judge has issued a court order that a neurologist access Vati to determine that he is in fact brain dead, and the hospital is simply waiting for the neurologist to arrive.

The family says they will continue to fight, and that "we don't want them to take his organs no matter what," according to his mother, Stela Vati. "They said from the neck up he's dead, but he don't look dead to me." His older brother, Daniel, added that "He's in there, and he's alive."

See Family of Brain-Dead Patient in Arizona says He's Still Alive and Doesn't Want His Organs Procured, KGun.com, September 26, 2o19.

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