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Brain death

Cardiac death occurs as a result of a loss of heart function (cardiac arrest), when the heart cannot be restarted. Brain death usually occurs in this situation (primary cardiac death) a few minutes after the irrevocable cardiac arrest.

The brain is the main control centre of the body. After its death, all organs and tissue inevitably die. Brain death is defined as the irreversible cessation of all brain function in the cerebrum, cerebellum and brain stem. In certain cases of primary brain death cardiovascular function can still be artificially maintained by mechanical ventilation.

From a medical and legal perspective, brain death equates to the actual death of a person, even if circulation can still be artificially maintained by ventilation. The New Apostolic Church shares this interpretation.