people here are stateing opions about this because of there emotions! the same way animal rights people due it just so happens that you tend to feel closer and have a bond to a human. there are a list of criteria that can be used to determin brain function and with the attention that this is getting i am sure they have exhausted all of them. she could not have spoke ,mouthed,liped, i wanna... thus she would no longer be concidered brain dead. people see basic reflex and assume that there is someone/something still inside but i am sorry to say there is not. tramatic brain injury is mesured in degrees of severaty and from what i have come to understand sh is past the level where any cognignitve thinking can be acheived. something to concider is that we are not only decideing when someone should die but also how long someone should live. you can be brain dead and still be kept alive artificaly your lungs and respitoy drive fails you go on a vent. your kidneys fail dialysis is for you, your heart fails first you get a pacemaker, then a ballon pump, then a vad, mabey a artifical heart like a jarvic, or how about a transplant, lets not for get about lipids and tpn, and pressors to elevate your blood pressure, all of this to keep a body/vessel in a state of homeostasis when in fact any soul or personalaty has left never to return just because we as humans cant let go...when we do this and take it this far we are playing the role of god just like taking out the feeding tube is no better no worse.