A Washington D.C. judge made no decision Monday in legal battle between a hospital that wants to remove a brain-dead boy from life support and his parents who say the boy is still alive under their religious beliefs, Agence France-Presse reported.
Motl Brody, 12, of Brooklyn, fell into a coma in June after an operation on a brain tumor at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington. He was pronounced dead last week after doctors at the hospital concluded the seventh-grader's brain ceased functioning.
His Orthodox Jewish parents, however, say the boy still has a heartbeat and is considered alive according to their religion.
Under some interpretations of Jewish religious law, including the one accepted by the family's Hasidic sect, death occurs only when the heart and lungs stop functioning.
That means Motl "is alive, and his family has a religious obligation to secure all necessary and appropriate medical treatment to keep him alive," the family's attorney wrote in a court filing last week.
The hospital declared the boy dead Nov. 4 and wants to shut off the ventilation equipment that keeps him breathing, and stop administering medication.
The superior court judge has scheduled another hearing for Thursday.
The delay allows the family's attorney to examine about five boxes of documents handed over by the hospital in the case, AFP reported.
For now, a machine continues to inflate and deflate Motl's lungs and his heart is still beating with the help of a cocktail of intravenous drugs and adrenaline.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.