Mission Hospital Statement Regarding Baby Lily

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2012) ˆ Mission Hospital confirmed today that Lily Kerr, a twenty-month old baby girl, was admitted to Mission Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

"Prior to arrival, Lily had sustained traumatic brain injury and appeared to be brain dead when she was admitted," said Susan Mims, MD, Vice President and Medical Director of Mission Children's Hospital. "Lily's family wanted something good to come from this situation and had requested that Lily's organs be donated to provide other children an opportunity for life. In order to obtain the organs, Mission Children's Hospital physicians needed to determine brain death. There is a very specific and prescribed battery of tests that determines brain death for any child. When tested, Lily met all the criteria for brain death. However, after confirmation of brain death, the baby was observed to take a spontaneous breath. It is extremely unusual that any child would fail all prescribed brain death studies and subsequently take a spontaneous breath. However, after observing the spontaneous breath, life support was continued."

The baby remains in critical condition.  The family has requested privacy at this time.

Rowena Buffett Timms
Mission Health
(828) 772-1520