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Stanley Stewart: Brain Death

stanley stewart: 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 CTV. I do not believe that brain death is a true death, that is not my family's faith, he said during cross-examination. 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. 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. The family's lawyer argues declaring McKitty dead based on neurological criteria contravenes her religious beliefs and therefore amounts to discrimination. McKitty understood, she has a daughter and through her daughter she has continued that same philosophy. ( As reported in the news.