On Sunday it was reported that the 11-year-old son of Usher Raymond’s ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, was declared brain dead in an Atlanta hospital.

Kile Glover and a 15-year-old female companion were struck by Jet Ski as they sat in an inner tube on Lake Lanier around 3 p.m. Friday.

Kile was unresponsive when he was airlifted to Egleston Children’s hospital. According to gossip website TMZ.com, diagnostic tests determined that Kile was brain dead. There has been no confirmation from Tameka or Usher’s camps.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Kile remains in critical condition as of this morning.

Debates raged on black Twitter yesterday among users who read about incidents of people supposedly waking up from brain death.

One such case is that of Zack Dunlap, a 21-year-old Oklahoman who was declared brain dead 36 hours after flipping over on his 4-wheeler ATV in 2008. Dunlap, a registered organ donor, was being prepped for organ removal surgery when a family member, who was a nurse, performed a basic reflex test on his hands and feet.

The family member used the dull edge of a pocket knife and pressed it across Dunlap’s foot. Dunlap responded to the painful stimuli — something that would have been impossible if he was really brain dead. The organ donation surgery was promptly cancelled and Dunlap was able to leave the hospital 5 weeks later.

The obvious conclusion in Dunlap’s case is that doctors erred when they based their conclusions on a PET scan which may have been faulty. A PET scan, which measures the flow of blood inside the brain, should have been one of the tools used by doctors to determine brain death — not the only diagnostic tool as was the case with Dunlap.

In Kile Glover’s case — according to TMZ — a more precise brain scan (EEG) was performed to measure his brain signals. An EEG determines that a patient has no brain activity — a condition that is not sufficient to sustain life without artificial means.

2 EEG’s performed 24 hours apart is considered the standard procedure when diagnosing brain death, though PET scans are still being used by many hospitals. In Dunlap’s case, it appears that doctors were negligent in not performing basic nerve reflex exams on Dunlap before scheduling surgery to remove his organs.

Some critics accuse the hospital of ignoring obvious signs that Dunlap was not brain dead because the hospital was in a hurry to harvest his organs — a profitable side business for many hospitals.

Image source: Twitter.com




  • EB

    So sad

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPgpRw9tiuM bnatural

    How does TMZ always end up with the scoop?

    Normally, I don’t care but this is extremely private. How did they get access to this information?

  • MsOnederful

    Lets pray for a miracle….. He is so precious…

  • Smonae80

    This is soo damn heartbreaking, no parent should have 2 endure this.

  • OutsidetheBox

    I.can.not.imagine.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_gGqaUA78I datsmdubya2u

    :pray: for a miracle for kyle

    “Some critics accuse the hospital of ignoring obvious signs that Dunlap was not brain dead because the hospital was in a hurry to harvest his organs — a profitable side business for many hospitals.”

    In a capitalistic society humans are worth more dead than alive

  • YSoSrs

    No more please. 🙁

  • MsOnederful

    @bnatural. Harvey Levin one of the owners of TMZ is a lawyer—- With this major blog. He knows every legal loop hole there is to get info. That’s how he always ends up with basically everything and in most cases wont get sued in the process. He has sources in every pocket of all the major cities. I’m convinced.

  • Angie

    Any thing is possible thru Gods grace. I pray there is still a chance for a full recovery.

  • TPtotalpackage

    I refuse to claim this. Say what you want about Tameka she loves her children. As mother I can’t even imagine what she’s going through. Today is my birthday and I’ve been praying for these children since I heard the news. I refuse to give up hope and I am sure Tameka isn’t either.

  • Mamacita

    😥

    This story is so sad.

  • Kcooks25

    This is just really sad I am praying for them.

  • pointhimout

    Remember when she had her near death medical scare years ago? Now she’s re-living this as a parent. I can’t imagine either. I’m sure they’ll eventually charge the person that ran into them, friend, employee, or whatever. It wasn’t intentional I’m sure.

  • Redeemed777

    I would think twice before registering as an organ donor. Seems those folks always mysteriously get killed or die young.
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    They might give your organs to save the life of a KKK member, or serial pedophile.

  • lovezoe

    This was unnecessary. See you to or row peeps.

    Bnatural- folks do anything for a buck. Remember the Rihanna pic? That person allegedly made 64K for one pic.

  • KayCeiSoul

    Sandra, can we get an emoticon wearing a choir robe with a cross and BANNED across the front?

    :rollseyes:

  • KayCeiSoul

    And for those who have been using the Word of God to attack people, can you have their named embroidered on the emoticon’s choir robe? In the left corner?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    bnatural says:

    How does TMZ always end up with the scoop?

    Normally, I don’t care but this is extremely private. How did they get access to this information?
    ******************************

    Someone probably sold the info, but it could be that Tameka or Usher’s rep told them. She spoke to Radar Online.

  • lovezoe

    Bird- they pulled that from a fake FB page

  • TenderTeeTwo

    I pray to God that this child recovers from this. I can’t imagine the pain this family is going through. Please God…..

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Tragic and unsettling I pray for a miracle for Kile…

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    I’m just really glad they haven’t given up on him. You never know what might happen. I was so scared for him like he was my own baby. My heart really goes out to Tameka and Kile’s dad and the two step parents.

  • MsDivaRo

    Angie says:

    Any thing is possible thru Gods grace. I pray there is still a chance for a full recovery.

    AMEN

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    lovezoe says:

    Bird- they pulled that from a fake FB page
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    Really?? They said she spoke to them directly. Well they are the equivalent of M T O. I never know what’s real and whats fake on that site.

  • sassyshe

    Tmz has spies everywhere and because they got that fox money they can pay you a sizeable amount for credible info.

    On a side note its sad that mom has to loose a child and one so young. I know that as a parent you’re supppse to allow your kid to live and enjoy life but things like this is why i get scared when my son does somersaults cause I dont want him to fall and hit.his head.cause you never know what can happen from head trauma. deepest sympathy to the family

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPgpRw9tiuM bnatural

    Bird says:

    bnatural says:

    How does TMZ always end up with the scoop?

    Normally, I don’t care but this is extremely private. How did they get access to this information?
    ******************************

    Someone probably sold the info, but it could be that Tameka or Usher’s rep told them. She spoke to Radar Online.
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    Supposedly that information/quote was taken off of a fake facebook page.

  • free

    i was on ryan glover’s wife’s FB page and there are pics of the fam on lake lanier in 2008. seems like it’s a regular thing. i have been watching for news all day. and the sad part is, in this case, no news is probably bad news.

    lanier just has to do something about the recklessness and amateur level of boaters/skiers on the lake. someone wrote that her story didn’t get into the media but she and her family WERE KNOCKED OFF THEIR BOAT by the wake of a larger boat speeding by. luckily, everyone, including all the kids, were rescued. this is a wake up call for atlanta.

  • MissHarlem

    If you have nothing nice to say dont say chit at all and DEEM this is for you. Happy that a family chose to be an organ donor so my MOM can have LIFE. :eyeroll:

  • free

    sassyshe says: On a side note its sad that mom has to loose a child and one so young. I know that as a parent you’re supppse to allow your kid to live and enjoy life but things like this is why i get scared when my son does somersaults cause I dont want him to fall and hit.his head.cause you never know what can happen from head trauma. deepest sympathy to the family

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    i read somewhere today that a little girl at an orlando resort was electrocuted when she went to retrieve a putt-putt golf ball from a small pond. someone had rewired the breaker wrong (or something like that). i mean, who would think? all we can do is pray and hope. we got into all types of stuff when we were young and it’s really by the grace of God that nothing happened. my husband has a younger sibling who died when he fell from skating on the concrete.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_gGqaUA78I datsmdubya2u

    bnatural says:

    How does TMZ always end up with the scoop?

    Normally, I don’t care but this is extremely private. How did they get access to this information?
    _______________________

    they have people they pay in courthouses, police departments, fire departments, hospitals, jails etc…to call them as soon as someone well known has contact with one of these institutions. When Michael Jackson died hospital employees called TMZ before all the family even found out.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    From Radar Online:

    Usher’s former wife Tameka Foster has exclusively spoken to RadarOnline after a tragic jet ski accident in Atlanta left her 11-year -old son Kyle critically injured on Saturday. All they said she sai was “he’s bad”. They talk about a FB post later in the story.

  • Nyedai

    I only have this to say about loosing someone who has been determined brain dead you never find peace or comfort because there are to many unknowns.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_gGqaUA78I datsmdubya2u

    TMZ

    “if anyone famous and/or high powered shows up in your emergency rooom..call us we’ll make it worth your while.”

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    Darn it’s rainging. I hope it stops by the time I leave.

  • http://twitter.com/jetsetdeeva DeevaC

    I wouldn’t give up hope…doctors are humans they make mistakes all the time…i hope they tested Kyle’s reflexes and if they haven’t they should….BUT God performs miracles all the time.

  • scorpio

    This makes me wonder if Usher and Tameka are putting things into prespective? I pray a miracle happens for her son.

  • capricorn83

    Deciding when to pull the plug in this kind of situation is the hardest thing a parent can do. My bf’s parents kept his sister on life support for 2 weeks after she was declared brain dead. I don’t want life support so I’ve already signed a very specific medical directive b/c I don’t want my parents to ever have to make a decision like this. It’s devastating

  • Secret

    :pray:

  • OutsidetheBox

    You cant raise your kids in the fear of “what if…” I mean you could, but I dont think it would bode well. Kids are people too, needing to learn about and explore the world, somtimes on their own. It makes for well-rounded individuals.

  • Angie

    That reflex story makes me wonder if I should revoke my organ donor status. It’s sad when ur trying to do something life saving and people are plotting to cheat you.

  • http://unlimitedwhispers.com Deirdre_B_Pride

    I was wondering about this. I don’t know when or if I would turn off life support. @#2, I was wondering the same thing. They are the only ones reporting and we are all re-reporting it. Normally such specifics are protected by the HIPPA law, so now I’m not sure if it is even true. Hopefully it isn’t true.

  • lovezoe

    I have talked my share of trash about Usher, but I give him props for chartering a jet for Meka and going to the hospital. I for one believe he loved her, probably still does but he wasn’t strong enough to not to listen to his fans and the media.

  • Danielle

    This story hurts my heart! Just sad… Keeping Tameka and fam in my prayers.

  • Usual Suspect

    Glad the site is back up.

    Having a loved that is in critical condition is devasting, braid dead (means just that) if anyone has knows anybody that has trauma to their skull, or brain. If they survive or there is any kind of activity they usually have NO quality of life.

    My prayer is that Tameka and Usher continue to put differences aside. That was not his son, but I’m sure they were close. May God Bless and Keep them.

  • Ms. Everything

    Redeemed, a life is a life…. period. You don’t get to say who has the right to live. That’s God’s decision not yours. Perhaps that KKK member who receives a much needed heart transplant thanks to a black donor becomes reformed and devotes his life to undoing the hate he previously planted. Perhaps that pedophile has a purpose (good or bad) that we as humans simply don’t understand until it is fulfilled. Your opinion is worthless when it comes to God’s plans and that is the exact reason why organ donors don’t get to choose who benefits from their life saving gift. But you go on and think twice about registering as a organ donor, cause something tells me your insides are about as rotten and corroded as they come :coffee:

    I still believe in miracles and I still believe that God has the upper hand. Regardless of what the test’s say, regardless of what the dr’s say, regardless of what has happened in the past, God has the final say and if it’s in his will this baby will be saved. Like I said yesterday, my faith won’t allow me to accept anything different

  • luVn_liFe…

    Angie says:
    That reflex story makes me wonder if I should revoke my organ donor status. It’s sad when ur trying to do something life saving and people are plotting to cheat you.
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    I feel exactly wHere your coming from,you just have to believe that Our good lord above Has you and is your Decider in the end when it matters.
    I Too am an Organ donor and give blood every three months.
    When my mother was ill if it wasnt for others donating,she wouldnt of had a chance.

  • Crickett

    I trust that CHOA has done everything, it’s up the GOD now.

  • mszladyb

    This is so sad but we all just need to pray and when Tameka & Usher want information released I am extremely sure it will be to a more major network and source. Imagine having to deal with something so painful and heart wrenching then having the ENTIRE world spectating. If you’re not praying or hoping for the best then just close your mouth, ears, and eyes to this entire situation.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_gGqaUA78I datsmdubya2u

    @msladyb

    everybody who has posted is sending their best wishes and prayers to the family.

  • BigCityGirl

    I was waiting and hoping for the best…was just SAD when it was announced that he was brain dead! Prayers going up….all in GOD’S hands now….