Life or death of hospitalized 20-year-old back in court

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada hospital where a college student has been on life support since doctors declared her brain dead more than six months ago wants a judge to order new tests — over the objections of her father, who insists she's alive and doesn't want to pull the plug.

The case returns to Washoe County District Court in Reno on Wednesday afternoon.

Two weeks ago, the Nevada Supreme Court overturned a ruling by a family court judge who decided in July that Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno could disconnect 20-year-old Aden Hailu from a ventilator and IV tube.

The high court directed the Reno judge to effectively determine whether Hailu is legally dead or alive before any further action is taken.

A lawyer for Hailu's family says the judge should err on the side of her being alive and order the hospital to continue to treat her.


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