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People and Politics

Organ Donors - When is someone truly dead?

Germany has reformed its laws to make it easier for people to donate their organs after they die. Yet many concerns still remain unaddressed. For example, there has never been public discussion in Germany about what it means to be brain dead.

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Doctors and judges do not agree on whether someone whose brain activity has ceased perceives nothing. And yet brain death is the decisive criterion doctors use to decide whether a person's organs can be removed for donation or not.