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Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl on a ventilator has been declared brain dead by doctors. Her case reached the California Superior Court in an effort to have her body transferred to another facility. The court did say that her body could be transferred to another facility.
The coroner for Alameda County issued a death certificate for Jahi. The date of death was December 12, 2013 but it hasn’t become official until the health department accepts it.
To know her story, Jahi had surgery to remove her tonsils, adenoids, and extra sinus issues. The surgery was recommended by doctors to treat pediatric obstructive sleep apnea – a condition that caused her to stop breathing in her sleep which led to other medical problems.
According to Jahi’s uncle, she was worried about not waking up after the surgery. She later dismissed her worries and had the surgery. While in the intensive care unit, something went terribly wrong. She was bleeding profusely. Because of her profuse bleeding, Jahi went into cardiac arrest and was later declared brain dead. Due to privacy laws, the hospital is unable to discuss any details.
The family of Jahi found a facility in New York to have her body transferred there but there are still some issues between the family and the hospital. With the family accusing the hospital of holding up transportation, the hospital responded in a statement, ‘we have done everything to assist the family of Jahi McMath in their quest to take the deceased body of their daughter to another medical facility. To date, they have been unwilling and unable to provide a physician to the perform the procedures necessary, transportation, or a facility that would accept a dead person on a ventilator. Our hearts and thoughts go out to them in this tragic situation but the statements being made by their attorney and some family members are misleading and untrue.’
The judge did declare Jahi brain dead in this matter. The family of Jahi requested the court that the hospital would continue additional medical procedures including the feeding tube, but the judge dismissed the motion.
On Sunday, Jahi left the hospital shortly after 8p.m. She was taken by a critical care team while attached to a ventilator. No feeding tube was attached.
As mentioned, the coroner’s office issued a death certificate declaring Jahi dead, but her mother Nailah Winkfield doesn’t believe she is.
“A court injunction prohibiting Children’s Hospital from removing the ventilator that has kept Jahi’s heart pumping since her Dec. 9 surgery expires at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The exact location of where Jahi was taken hasn’t been disclosed, but the family mentioned that Jahi is being cared for.
A sad story that can only bring tears to eyes. Let’s keep the family of Jahi McMath in our prayers.
Source: CNN and Cleveland.com
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