Hayworth statement

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Hayworth statement

Postby jordansparks » Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:36 am

Dr. Ken Hayworth posted this letter in Jan, 2018:
http://www.brainpreservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/letterofsupportforasc_kennethhayworth_jan2018-signed.pdf
In the letter, he supports combining aldehyde fixation with cryopreservation -- the exact protocol that we have been pursuing for years. Unfortunately, he take the bizarre position that it should only be performed as part of euthanasia. He feels that we are on the cusp of broad acceptance and utilization of this protocol in a hospital. He calls it doctor assisted suicide, but what he actually describes is outright euthanasia, which is illegal in all 50 states. This is a very extreme and unrealistic position. Waiting to get started until death has been pronounced is currently our only option. Of course it's inferior to getting started while still alive, but perfusion and preservation are still entirely possible. Brain banks have been preserving postmortem brains for decades, with varying degrees of quality. Is it unethical for brain banks to preserve brains as they currently do because the quality could be better if they included euthanasia?

I don't mind if he feels like he wants to wait for certain protocols or validation for himself. But he has no business trying to impose his delusional views on the rest of us.

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