'Litzman orders Schneider Hospital to tend to brain-dead baby'

Litzman orders Schneide

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November 19, 2009 20:18

 
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Deputy Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman instructed the Schneider Hospital to keep alive a brain-dead baby from a haredi family, against the opinion of the hospital's staff and by utilizing a narrow interpretation of current law on the matter, Channel 10 reported Thursday evening. A doctor at the hospital told the TV station that hospital staff was now "essentially tending to a corpse." Litzman also reportedly warned the hospital that "it was under a magnifying glass" regarding its treatment of the infant. The ultra-orthodox minister reportedly leans on a clause in the law on brain death which states that a brain-dead patient comes from a family where disconnecting him from life-sustaining devices goes against the family's faith, the family has a right to maintain the patient alive.

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