Originally Posted by JLA
So i shot him in the top of the head with a .460 rowland. Im 99% sure the bullet destroyed his brainstem and went on into his neck. His brain was most certainly dead before he hit the ground because he didnt try to breathe at all and his eyes were glassed just seconds after.
By the way, the brain-dead animal can continue to breath and heartbeat till the nerves will die.
There is "emergency" center for the the heart control and automatic breath. It is located where the spine leaves the brain. it controls the heart and the breath during the deep anesthesia for example.