Feature Interviews (1:00) – First, the doctors talk to neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Rowe about his own experiences diagnosing brain death, what the criteria are, and what the process looks like in practice.
Then the doctors talk to Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, the Director of Education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, explains why brain death is complicated with modern medical technology, how the current definition of brain death developed, and why each part of the criteria is important to make sure the dignity of the human person is upheld.
Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:01) – There are 12 cranial nerves that connect the brain to the skin, muscles, or other organs in the head or neck. Most of them connect to the brainstem. How many of them connect directly to the cerebral hemispheres?