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Tue May 30, 2006
Feedback on Controversy Surrounding Brain Dead Teenager
By Kelley Weiss
Kansas City, MO – Last week, we discussed the case of Michael Todd, a 14-year old African American boy declared brain dead from a gunshot wound. His family disputed the University of Kansas Hospital doctor's diagnosis and went to court to prevent the hospital from removing their son from life support.
After more than a week of debate between the family and hospital, last Friday, the family agreed to remove life support to avoid a legal battle. We interviewed an expert in death and dying in the urban core, David Moller, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School. He told health reporter Kelley Weiss that he thinks race played a role in the controversy surrounding the Michael Todd case.
K-U Hospital spokesperson, Dennis McCulloch says that Moller made assumptions about the case.