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Fifth International Symposium of the Definition of Death Network in Varadero, Cuba.
The irreversible consciousness disorder prevailed as recurring sign to accurately determine death in a scientific encounter aimed at debating that polemic issue.

One of the basic questions is to define if death is a strictly biological problem or if metaphysical and ethical dimensions must be taken into consideration, a philosopher of Kutztown University in US John Lizza explained.

Cuban PhD Doctor Calixto Machado, President of the organizing committee of the symposium, defended the idea of reaching agreements and systematizing rules when estimating the time of death of a person, to avoid confusions in the medical personnel and the population.

In Cuba, there are also different points of view on the matter, but general criteria tend to go around brain death as death of the individual.

The main goal of this symposium is to provide a suitable scientific platform to discuss all topics related to human death, end-of-life dilemmas and disorders of consciousness.

Alberto Roque, a Doctor at Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital in the capital, assured his team of doctors has determined a whole series of factors to declare when a patient has passed away.

In addition, he highlighted the importance of educating the community, the family in that sense, who often consider life to exist as long as an individual was breathing or his heart was beating.

The event gathers more than 400 delegates with representations of all continents and all Cuban provinces, to conclude May 23.


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