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What is brain death?

Brain death means the cessation of all brain function -- void of the ability to breathe, think, or feel. It can occur as a result of a stroke, massive brain trauma from accidents and/or gunshots, overwhelming infections of the brain destroying all neurons, or loss of oxygen to nerve cells. The person is not in a coma; there are no reflexes like blinking or tracking.

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