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Brooklyn Hospital Is Told to Keep Girl, 2, on Life Support Amid Organ Donation Fight

A judge on Monday ordered a Brooklyn hospital to keep a 2-year-old girl on life support for at least another day, as her parents argue over whether her organs should be donated.

Yet whether the child's organs will ultimately go to other children, as her mother wants, or be buried with her, as her father wants, poses a classic ethical issue: how to resolve conflict among the people who loved her and knew her best.

For now, everything is in a holding pattern. The hospital issued a brief statement on Monday, indicating it was providing “medical care, support and comfort to the family at this time of tremendous grief.”

Dr. Mayer, the critical-care expert, said that typically, in cases of conflict, doctors and ethicists tried to get everyone in a room talking. But he said that approach could be difficult in this case. “When it comes to donating organs, you need consensus,” Dr. Mayer said.

When the family does not reach consensus, he said, the organ donation does not go forward. “It’s not worth the amount of pain and agony and suffering that everyone will go through,” he said.

Read about this in the New Yok Times at http://ntti.ms/11ebPqX in a story wriiten on November 17

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