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Diabetic, low blood pressure, on ventilator. Cows valve replaced in heart. Brain death?

is my dad brain dead so to speak? just had a cows valve placed ,not sure where in his heart w/o complications, he s 72, diabetic,low blood pressure , etc.......just saw him, on ventilator and understand that this could be for a few days up to weeks........nurse stated they did wake him up very briefly for a minute as we were very concerned due to them having a very difficult time many years ago (robotic prostrate cancer operation)thank you
Asked On : Mon, 17 Sep 2012
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If he could be woken up briefly by the nurse then probably he is not brain dead. Apart from that it is difficult to comment really as to why he is in unconscious state. The treating doctors who are aware of his blood reports, scans etc only may be able to tell it clearly. You may have to just wait and watch and pray at this moment. Heart valve replacement is a major surgery with its own set of associated risks. We hope for the best.
good luck.
Answered: Thu, 20 Sep 2012
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