A Japanese health insurance company reported that in a recent three year period, nine of its customers were hospitalized in the USA and Canada with strokes or other brain conditions. The doctors in these cases told the families and local insurance people that the patients were brain dead.
Three of the families refused to allow the cessation of treatment and chartered aircraft to return the patients to Japan. Those three patients received treatment in Japan and subsequently recovered! Their insurance paid for the transportation costs. The other six patients did not have coverage for transportation and reportedly died overseas.
This odd story brings up some important issues. When you travel, be aware that different countries have different standards with regard to pronouncing someone "brain dead" and ending treatment. If you travel or move to another country, make sure you have health insurance that covers you while overseas and that it includes medical transportation costs home if necessary. This can be critical if you are going to a country where medical is not up to the standards of your home country. There are excellent affordable international heath insurance coverages availalbe depending of course on your country of residence and where you visit. Also, make sure your family knows your wishes for situations such as this and write them down in a living will.