Medical Advances Complicate Definition Of Death

A Washington, D.C. hospital is suing to remove a 12-year-old boy from life support. Motl Brody was pronounced dead — with no brain function — after a battle with cancer. Motl's parents, who are Orthodox Jews, believe that he, and his soul, are still alive.

Keith Alexander is a journalist for the Washington Post, where his article "Judge Delays Decision on Removing Life Support" appeared on Nov. 11. Alexander explains the case, and discusses the clash between science and religion on the definition of death.

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