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When Is The Moment Of Death?

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Imagine being a transplant surgeon. You can't tell the parents of a dying kid when to pull the plug, but you have to be there, ready, the minute he expires. You have to wait until he's dead, but not so long that his organs become useless. You can give him drugs to keep his organs healthy, but you mustn't technically revive him. And you can't remove and restart his heart until it's been declared kaput. I was reading this article in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the journal, doctors at Children Hospital in Denver describe how they removed hearts from infants 75 seconds after they stopped. The infants were declared dead of heart failure, even as their hearts, in new bodies, resumed ticking. My question is who determines who's dead? Is it sinful man are a Holy God? Who is the Creator of all man kind? I think this is so wrong.
We like to think that moral lines are fixed and are clear but are they? "Dead" means irreversibly stopped, and n…