Teen Girl Has Deadly Allergy Attack But Her Mom Believes She’s Still Alive

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Her daughter was declared dead. Despite hospital objections, she believes she was alive. – NBC News

A court temporarily blocked doctors at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis from removing a 17-year-old girl’s life support. However, a judge declined to extend the deadline. The hospital took the girl off the ventilator on Thursday.

Angela Kosarue said she had been scrambling to persuade another hospital to take her daughter, but there was a sticking point: Riley Hospital won’t perform a tracheotomy because Treasure is considered clinically dead.

Kosarue said her daughter suffered an allergic reaction to shellfish at work and was rushed to the hospital, where doctors declared her brain dead. Kosarue said she still considered her daughter alive and wouldn’t withdraw her from life support.

Medical ethics experts say it can be challenging for some people to accept brain death as permanent. This is especially true regarding religious accommodations and in pregnancy.

In 2013, a 13-year-old named Jahi McMath was declared dead after suffering irreversible brain damage while having her tonsils removed. In 2018, her family accepted she was dead.

Dr. Arthur Caplan said that brain death is not the same as a coma, but Kosarue insisted that her daughter wouldn’t want her to give up on her.

Treasure Kosarue, a middle child with seven siblings, was working to save money for a car before entering her senior year of high school this fall. She had always been strong-willed, her mother said.

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