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Essay heading: ?Should the decision to keep a person on life support be made by family members only?'
 
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With assurance from doctors, these conditions are all vastly different. The medical definition of ?brain death' is: ?the cessation and irreversibility of all brain function, including brain stem' 2. Some people confuse brain death with PVS, however, it is not the same. When an individual is brain dead there is no activity anywhere in the brain, in PVS there is some activity in the brain steam and some other primitive regions...
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When an individual is brain dead there is no activity anywhere in the brain, in PVS there is some activity in the brain steam and some other primitive regions. Persistent vegetative state or PVS often follows a coma and refers to a state where an individual loses their higher cerebral functions of their brain, but their breathing and circulation (functions of the brainstem) remain comparatively normal...
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