Paul Byrne, a Neonatologist NOT a Neurologist has written another “article of his opinion” on the Jahi McMath case. Is he the Dr. treating her or is his opinion not based on examining Jahi? He talks about the part of our brain that regulates temperature/hormones called the hypothalamus. He says Jahi’s hypothalamus regained function and therefore she cannot be dead.
This is deeply significant, because the human body relies upon the hypothalamus portion of the brain to conduct the temperature-regulating function. More to the point, Jahi’s brain was still functioning to a notable degree, at least during part of the material time of the famous/infamous “brain death” declaration. And her brain would continue to function for at least as long as she is still able to self-regulate her own body temperature. To wit, Jahi’s brain, then, obviously did not fulfill “irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain,” the wording of the Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA).
How exactly would he think this part of Jahi’s brain is functioning? Has he actually examined her? Is he the doctor who inserted her trech and g-tube? He is not a neurologist nor does he know anything about the brain function of a child. Unless he physically examined her, he would not know anything about Jahi’s current condition. His “opinion” would be invalid.