Russian boy in coma in U.S. after charitable operation
But David's father claims the hospital care has been a nightmare, including transferring his son from intensive care to intermediate because the doctors say David is brain-dead. At the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, the foremost expert on healthcare ethics says once the patient is declared brain-dead, doctors can terminate care. “If he truly meets the criteria for being totally brain-dead, then dead is dead, its our legal definition of death, and at that point the responsibility of the healthcare professionals is to work with the families to say their goodbyes and then to discontinue the life-sustaining treatment, ” says Carol Taylor, the Director of Washington's Center for Clinical Bioethics within Georgetown University.Carol Taylor has dedicated her career caring for chronically and critically ill patients. She says these type of charity surgeries are quite common in the U.S., and care must still be provided even if a medical mistake contributed to a patient's worsening condition.“If there was an error for example that compromised his health status right now, so he is less functional than he would be, we still wouldn't be obligated to do bad medicine, we would still have to do good medicine. It seems the difference here is about what good medicine would look like for a patient in David's conditions,” the expert pointed out.David's case has attracted the attention of not only the local media in Oklahoma City but activists and politicians in Washington. The Russian Consulate in Houston has also been brought in to consult the family. Now the focus will be on Oklahoma City Hospital, to determine whether the staff have done everything medically possibly as they claim, or if it was a case of malpractice.