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“Let’s help the living.” An interview with Eleanor Vincent

May 2, 2012 by


Eleanor Vincent is the author of ”Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story,” a finalist for the Independent Publisher of the Year Award in 2004. She has won numerous awards for her work, including a Woman of Promise Award from the Feminist Writer’s Guild. Vincent’s essay, “The Resurrection of Wonder Woman,” explores the life and death […]

Miracles as well as doubts

March 31, 2012 by


In response to Catherine’s post, “How Dead is Dead?”: I agree that use of bypass technology to provide “organ support” for brain dead patients is troubling. I heard the same NPR program and it caused me to vividly recall my own doubts about my daughter Maya’s status as a biomort. Maya was declared dead by […]

How Dead is Dead? End-of-Life Decisions and Organ Donation

March 28, 2012 by


One of the most important decisions a family member may face at the end of a loved one’s life is whether to donate organs for transplantation. As a pediatric surgeon I’m all in favor of organ transplantation and have participated in pediatric liver, kidney and heart transplants. Recently, however, I came across an NPR piece that […]