2013 Maryland Code
HEALTH - GENERAL
§ 5-202 - Cessation of circulatory and respiratory or brain functions
(a) An individual is dead if, based on ordinary standards of medical practice, the individual has sustained either:
(1) Irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions; or
(2) Irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem.
(b) (1) This subsection does not apply to the removal of a vital organ while the individual is alive, if the individual gives informed consent to the removal.
(2) A pronouncement of death under this section shall be made before any vital organ is removed for transplantation.
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