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Death / Life Support #254412

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 30, 1977
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(Studio) Parents in Madison, WI, get approval to remove 18 year old son with severe brain damage from life support system. Patient dies.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Madison, WI) Doctors at University of Wisconsin Hospital considered patient already dead due to death of brain. Attorney appointed for patient sought to block removal of life support system. [Patient's attorney Jim CONNORS - argues that patient on life support system was not dead.] Wisconsin has no law defining death. Judge rules in doctors' favor. [Judge Ribert R. PEKOWSKY - explains reasoning.] Wisconsin legislature now asked to set guidelines. [Patients attorney [sic] Keith CLIFFORD - believes medical and legal professions both at fault with regard to death definition.] [U. of Wisconsin Hospital Dr. Marvin BIRNBAUM - cites ability to keep individual organs alive.] Other similar cases anticipated.
REPORTER: Bob Faw (WBBM-TV) Artist: Lance Dolphin

Cronkite, Walter;
Faw, Bob

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