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Court: Brain Death

court: While he could not remember ever explicitly discussing Taquisha McKitty's wishes in case she was deemed brain dead, Stewart told a Brampton, Ont., court he knows his daughter believed a person is alive as long as their heart still beats because that's what he taught her growing up, according to Toronto Star. Read more Religious beliefs do not recognize brain death as end of life, family argues in court Article Continued Below Judge adjourns case to revoke death certificate for Brampton woman on life-support until next month She's still alive' Brampton family goes to court to keep daughter on life support I do not believe that brain death is a true death, that is not my family's faith, he said during cross-examination. react-empty 158 That was the view that I was raised on and that's the same value system that I passed on to my four children and my granddaughter as well, he said. Stanley Stewart acknowledged that he never raised religious objections to brain death in speaking with doctors or in a series of affidavits he filed with the court in his fight to have his daughter's death certificate revoked. McKitty understood, she has a daughter and through her daughter she has continued that same philosophy. In concluding that Taquisha is dead,' the respondent has only applied medical criteria without regard to Taquisha's express religious beliefs, Hugh Scher wrote in his submissions to the court. The family's lawyer argues declaring McKitty dead based on neurological criteria contravenes her religious beliefs and therefore amounts to discrimination. ( As reported in the news.