She's still...Around. Though brain-dead, her body is still functioning. Mom: Hopeful signs seen in teen called brain dead | New Pittsburgh Courier If she's well and truly dead, then nothing being done to keep her body working allowing for hope and recovery is wrong or causing her harm. But I find it hard to denounce such efforts when someone's body is still working albeit with medical assistance. How the medical industry defines death has frequently changed over time as better technology and methodology came to exist. More sensitive machines able to detect fainter signs of life come into use so giving up all hope is always premature. If her body's working, brain-dead or not, give her a chance at surprising everyone.