How long can one be legally dead without being just dead?!

Question: How long can one be legally dead without being just dead!?
I'm sorry if the question is confusing, I don't know how to word my question in the correct terms!.
I am in a debate with a friend over whether someone could be legally dead for a half hour and suffer no permanent brain damage!. She believes that it's entirely possible, I am somewhat skeptical!. (This whole argument is based off someone claiming they were legally dead for a half-hour after drowning in a frozen lake!.)

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You have your terms wrong, the correct term is biological death versus clinical death!. A person is clinically dead when their heart stops beating and their respirations cease!. Called a CORE-Zero Cardiac Output Respiratory Effort=Zero, theyre dead!. However, biological death results from accumulation of gases and metabolites in the body due to oxygen no longer circulating in the blood, evidenced by the classic signs we see on TV rigor mortis, and pooled blood called lividity!. Under normal circumstances generally anyone biologically dead for over ten minutes would not be able to be resuscitated (times vary but generally this is the case) without major brain and kidney damage (remember Terri Schiavo) However there have been cases of cold water drowning patients who have been resuscitated after several minutes successfully due to the fact that the cold slowed their cellular metabolism and reduced their bodies need for oxygen allowing them to be revived successfully after a prolonged "down time!." So in this case, your friend does have a point, yes it is possible!. PS-legally dead is not a medical term, it's a legal term generally used to describe someone who is missing for a long period of time and they cant find their body!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

There's more likely to be a minimum than a maximum!. The amount of time a person can survive whilst not breathing depends on the physiology of their brain and other vital organs, and obviously the environment they have died in!. for instance the person who was frozen in the lake survived for a longer period due to the cold environment, someone who died in the desert from dehydration would probably not be resucitateable very quickly!.

Apart from that I can't see any advantage to saying "I was dead for half an hour" The fact that you are now undead should prevent you from claiming on your insurance!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

I believe the term you're looking for is "clinically dead", i!.e unresponsive, no heart beat, etc!. The term "legally dead" means a medically qualified person, e!.g!. coroner, physician, has issued a death certificate, that usually only happens when there is no discernible brain function!.

Nowadays it's possible to revive people (sometimes) if they have been frozen for a while, although age is a determinant, younger patients have a better chance of a full recovery than older ones!. But plenty of cases have been documented!.

You can read one below:Www@Answer-Health@Com

Anytime blood flow to your brain is altered you always suffer brain damage, no questions asked!. So no it is not possible to be legally dead and suffer no brain damage - however, it is possible that the damage is hard to notice because it didn't damage a major part and it might be part of your brain you didn't use anyway!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

"Dead" is a medical term for a person who's body has stopped functioning!. Its usually measured by whether or not someone has a heartbeat or brain waves!.

"Legally Dead" just means that someone is dead, with no hope of being resuscitated, and therefore there has been a death certificate issued for that person!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Legally dead just means the law considers you dead(like if you went missing for 10 years and then showed back up and found out that your house was sold because you were declared legally dead)!.

As for clinical death, yeah, half an hour is possible in freezing water!. Normal time to death is around 5 minutes with no air!. Freezing water will slow that process and extend the time by quite a bit!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) states that a person is legally dead when he/she fulfills either the traditional criteria for death (cessation of breathing and heartbeat) or when he/she is brain-dead!. Due to the use of artificial life support, many people are now pronounced brain-dead before heart and lungs stop!. Although these individuals are legally dead, they may be kept on artificial life support in order to preserve their organs for transplant!.

Are you right, or is your friend right!?

Here we go:
There are people who have been diagnosed as brain-dead, and who have later recovered consciousness!. Dr!. David Blake insists that the likelihood of this happening is "way beyond the pale," and "equal to people rising from the dead!." Dr!. Christopher DeGiorgio, Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California says "it's extremely rare!." However, a casual search of pro-life resources reveals ten such cases, the most gruesome being that of a "brain-dead" patient who put his arm around the assisting nurse as he was about to have his heart removed for transplant (Journal of California Nurses for Ethical Standards, September 1996)!.


Explore http://www!.sffaith!.com/ed/articles/1997/!.!.!. together with your roommate!. There are also some other relevant websites!.




Well, I think you can be legally dead for that long in a frozen lake!. Actually Dr's are working on some process of freezing people to keep them alive longer-for example they stop breathing from some sort of problem so the Dr freezes them so that they have longer to work on them!. Does that make sense!?Www@Answer-Health@Com

ok have u ever heard of the story about the liquid nitrogen fishy!?
if u dip a fish in liquid nitrogen, it dies, but comes back to life after it thaws out!. however, a human is incapable of doing this!. so legally dead for half an hour by drowning in a lake is inconceivable!. a person can be dead for 15 minutes, and still have the capability of coming back to life!. my grandpa has done it 4 times through heart attacks!. 30 minutes is too long!. although jewish people believe that a person can be dead for 3 days, and still not be fully dead!. Lazerus(Jesus' best friend) died for 4 days and was brought back to life by the power of God!. Www@Answer-Health@Com

I believe your right you have to suffer some what, some sort of brain damage in order to be found dead!. If your brain was still some how in order isn't it possible they could revive you !? and you'd still be able to live !?Www@Answer-Health@Com

im not sure how long i know my mom was legally dead for about 10 -15 minutes from giving birth and they even had the date and time wrote down but then she started breathing again and that was 13 years ago and she's doing just fffiiinnneee!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Nobody can be legally dead if there is no corresponding death certificate!. In medical terms one can be dead for a while (including for half-hour), this is called "apparent or clinical death"!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Drowning in ice cold water has produced incidents of dead then revived after 30-45 minutes many times!. Usually it's little children!. Adults I'm not not sure!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Your friend is right!.
When doing open heart surgery, the surgeon actually must "kill" the person, usually for a half an hour!.
He uses ice!.
This person's claim could be true or not!.!.!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

Like an illegal alien!? Undocumented dead person!? Will he get deported to the morgue or the cemetery!? Need more information!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

the story is trueWww@Answer-Health@Com

legally!? dunno bout that!
maybe pronounced dead!.!.!.
then god sent his *** back!Www@Answer-Health@Com

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