- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — A 12-year-old New York boy with brain cancer has died after his family battled a hospital to keep him on a ventilator.

The lawyer for the Orthodox Jewish family said Motl Brody’s bodily functions ceased Saturday.

A machine had continued to work his lungs after he was pronounced dead Nov. 4 at Washington.

The boy had already been declared brain dead, but some adherents of Jewish religious law say death occurs only when the heart and lungs stop functioning.

The family had asked a judge to prevent further tests for brain activity.

The hospital argued that its “scarce resources” were being used “for the preservation of a deceased body.”

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