Life Support Argument

Life Support Argument - Jonathan B. Mason English 103-002...

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Jonathan B. Mason English 103-002 Page 1 of 3 Is Someone on Life Support a Human Being? Should a person on life support be considered a human being? Yes, a person should still be considered a human being as long as there is brain activity and the person is capable of response. A life support patient with this level of human function should be cared for just as a typical patient is cared for up until the point of clinical death. As long as there is still hope for a person to live and recover, there should always be someone there to care for them. As long as a person who is receiving life support is capable of brain activity, they should be considered human beings. Doctors use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines and other scanners to examine brain injuries. These machines are helpful in examining the brains of patients who are on life support. The scans can detect brain activity in response to stimuli given by the doctors. A technique called a functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, examines activity in specific brain regions which are responsible for different bodily functions. If an otherwise unresponsive patient can
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This essay was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course EN 103 taught by Professor Mcwaters during the Fall '07 term at Alabama.

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