- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The latest on a Nevada father’s legal effort to keep his daughter on life support (all times local):

3 p.m.

A judge says a Reno hospital can conduct brain wave tests, but she won’t rule until Jan. 22 whether life-support can be removed from 20-year-old woman in Nevada.

Lawyers for Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center won their bid Tuesday to conduct tests that doctors think will show Aden Hailu (AY’-dehn HEHL’-oo) is legally dead and that a ventilator should be removed.

Hailu never awoke from anesthesia after abdominal surgery April 1.

David O’Mara, the attorney for Hailu’s father, Fanuel Gebreyes, argues that as long as there’s a chance Hailu is alive, the hospital should continue to treat her.

Washoe County Family Court Judge Frances Doherty says she wants both sides to submit arguments by Jan. 8 about whether CT scan and eye reflex tests should also be done.


8:25 a.m.

A man’s bid to force a Nevada hospital to provide life support for his 20-year-old daughter goes back to court for arguments about standards for brain death and tests to prove it.

David O’Mara, attorney for father Fanuel Gebreyes, says he expects Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center to ask a judge Tuesday to allow brain wave tests that weren’t done last summer.

Lawyers for the Reno hospital argue that the tests will show Aden Hailu (AY’-dehn HEHL’-oo) is brain-dead and a ventilator and intravenous tubes should be removed.

Washoe County Family Court Judge Frances Doherty isn’t due to make a decision until Jan. 22.

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled last month that the judge erred when she rejected the Hailu family’s request to order the hospital to keep her on life support.

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