PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - After an ongoing legal battle, a New Jersey teen declared brain dead by doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is on his way to receive treatment at a hospital in Central America.
Areen Chakrabarti, 14, was declared brain dead following an April house fire at his family's home in Bordentown, New Jersey.
Areen has been on life support at CHOP since then, sparking a legal feud between the hospital and the teen's family. Doctors contend that Areen should be taken off life support, much to the opposition of his parents.
A Central American hospital as agreed to perform the necessary surgeries so that, if successful, Areen can be transferred to a long-term care facility in his home state where his mother can continue to care for him.
After legal battle to keep CHOP doctors from pulling plug on life support following son’s brain death diagnosis, Rumpal Banerjee’s 14 y/o son Areen is airborne and on his way to hospital in Central America @FOX29philly (1/2)— Sabina Kuriakose (@SabinaKuriakose) June 25, 2018
Recap: doctors say Areen is brain dead and should be taken off of life support machines, but his mother says he’s alive as long as his heart is beating and machines should be kept on. Legal battle now with PA’s highest appellate court 2/2 @FOX29philly— Sabina Kuriakose (@SabinaKuriakose) June 25, 2018
Meanwhile, Areen’s court case sits with Pennsylvania's highest appellate court.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the family's medical expenses. Those who wish to donate can do so here.