He was in the middle of a court case when he clutched his head and collapsed. Massive cerebral hemorrhage. The 45-year-old lawyer was rushed to Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
To the physicians in the intensive care unit, it became clear that the patient had an irrecoverable brain injury; he would never wake up. After six days, his wife and two teenage children made the heartbreaking decision to withdraw life support. At least, they thought, they would be able to honor their husband’s and father’s wish to be an organ donor.
It wasn’t, however, so straightforward.
by Stephanie Dutchen, read more in magazine.hms.harvard.edu/ethics