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Hospital Wants Boy Declared Brain Dead

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ St. Anthony Hospital has asked a judge to declare a Russian teenage boy brain dead.

The hospital also asked the judge Monday to issue a do-not-resuscitate order for David Kurbanov. His father has refused to sign such a statement. The order would say Kurbanov should not be given cardiopulmonary resuscitation if his heart stops.

Without this order, the hospital cannot transfer Kurbanov to a long-term care center as it would like to do, hospital officials said.

Kurbanov, 16, was brought to Oklahoma City for complex surgery in October to remove a tumor from his brain stem.

He slipped into a coma several days after the surgery and has not recovered. A doctor declared him brain dead Nov. 27. Two other neurosurgeons reviewed his case and came to the same conclusion, hospital officials said.

Sabit Kurbanov refuses to believe his son is dead and has said he expected his son to regain consciousness.

A hearing on the hospital's request is set for July 12 before Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon.
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