When Is ‘Dead’ Really Dead?

How long should doctors wait after a “flatline” appears before they can declare a person dead?

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This article about death is republished here with permission from The Conversation. This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors. How long should doctors wait after a “flatline” appears before they can declare a person dead? How can they be sure that heartbeat and circulation will not return? The most common way that people die is after their heart…

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