Family Finds New Care For Girl Declared Brain Dead

A California nursing facility has agreed to care for the 13-year-old after court ruled a hospital could remove her from life support

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A long-term care facility has agreed to accept a 13-year-old girl who has been declared brain dead but whose family wants her kept alive, the family’s lawyer said.

A California judge ruled earlier this week that Children’s Hospital Oakland can take the girl, Jahi McMath, off of life support at 5 p.m. on Monday unless an appeal is filed or a new care facility is found. After a undergoing tonsil surgery to treat sleep apnea on Dec. 9, McMath awoke from the operation and began bleeding heavily from the mouth and went into cardiac arrest. She was declared brain dead on Dec. 12, the Associated Press reports.

In order to be transferred to the nursing facility, McMath needs to have a breathing tube and feeding tube inserted, procedures the hospital had thus far refused to perform.

[AP]

17 comments
AshleighnNicholeMiracle
AshleighnNicholeMiracle

http://vcyamerica.org/crosstalk.htm

This website has an interview with a mp3 of the interview where you can read more about Jahi, she has been having some response but the hospital still refuses to do the tracheotomy (hope I spelled that right) procedure... The media focus should not be on "the parents wanting to keep their child here when she's dead," but rather that they are trying to cover up negligence or medical malpractice when someone has obviously not done their job right, this girl responds to her parents voices, her heart beats on its own, her body exhales on its own, how is she dead? If she is dead based by these standards there are plenty of brain dead people walking around in society as we speak... 

TerriHarper
TerriHarper

I will not tell her mother to remove life support. No-one should. If this was my child I would hang on to her until I could let her go. This is a child. Nothing is impossible and everything is possibly through Jesus Christ. The bible tells us that Jesus raised the dead. The bible also tells us to have faith. I don't know how close to God this family are but when life support is removed who knows what may happen. I pray for this child and her family every night with sincerity. We should all pray for a miracle. This could be our child.

TerriHarper
TerriHarper

I will not say her mother should take her off life support. No-one should. I would hang on to my baby until I could handle to let her go. This is a child. I will say that Jesus raised the dead... Nothing is impossible and everything is possible through Jesus Christ. The bible tells us to have faith. I dont know how close this family is to god but with the right faith and when she is taken off life support who knows what will happen.I pray for this child and her family every night with sincerity. I hurt for them... There is no greater pain. We all should pray for a miracle. This could be our child.

jcrouse222
jcrouse222

Word is that the local grocery store offered to keep her in the vegetable section.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

I think there is more to this story than has been reported .

Dee03
Dee03

Yeeyyy! A nursing home has agreed to take her!  Obviously, something went terribly wrong at this hospital with this surgery, and so it should be no surprise that it is ready to pull all the plugs, regardless.  She underwent 'tonsil surgery' to treat sleep apnea on Dec. 9. A fairly standard process in some regards.  She awakes to blood in her mouth, and 3days later, she's declared brain dead? And the focus is on your tax dollars? It's all-too-easy for outsiders to shout, 'get her out of there & pull the plug'! She's not your little girl or relative, or acquaintance. Sad part is, she shouldn't have to be to gain a show of a bit more respect and compassion than that. Please check out this video - Life in 4min... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl2_knlv_xw  Hope if nothing else it cause thought or pause..... My heart & prayers go out to that little girl and her family, and those like her....



gabriellaredcoral
gabriellaredcoral

These hospitals are nothing but bunch of piranhas. So yeah lets brake parents feelings, lets forget was a surgery mistake, lets have the lawyers and court decide. Ugh.....and morals, commom sence, hope and more for a family ...where?????here in america. This should nit be aloud....idiots

iusedtodrinktea
iusedtodrinktea

The simple fact is this country needs to start getting real about situations like this.  It is not to say I do not feel bad for the mother, but someone's emotions and/or religion should not dictate what the public becomes responsible for.  The mother DOES have the right to her feelings AND if SHE can be responsible for the finances and situation, then all power to her. We are not talking gathering together to donate to feed those in need or even in this case, if she was alive and needed a procedure.  This is really being made to be everyone else's problem, us, the hospital, the doctors. For all we know it may not even have been advised by doctors for Jahi to have this done and maybe the mother pushed for it.  Now here we are.

victoria123
victoria123

Yes, she is brain dead but I think the hospital should have given the family a little bit of time to grieve before insisting on taking her off life support. If they had been allowed some time to just sit with their daughter and not have to worry about the hospital taking her off life support it would have been easier for every one involved. I'm not saying you should keep her alive for the next 60 years but they should have just given the family a few weeks with her.

BrianJohnson
BrianJohnson

this story gets creepier as times goes by.....if she truly is brain dead and not just severely damaged then society should be justified in saying to the family that they are on your own....I cant see anybody wanting to pay for long term ventilator care if that is what is going to be needed...and there are many other ways to spend millions.........hospitals usually give families as much time as necessary to let families wrap their mind around a unexpected death.....a lot of people get trached and pegged who should not be, then they are placed in long term facilities to linger, but, when there is a flat EEG with no activity then there is no little girl left on earth... just the body that used to house her........just memories of her......the body should not be left on earth just to function

therantguy
therantguy

This is very very sad...but the cold reality is that's she dead and wasting resources caring for her when there is zero chance she's going to get better is horrid precedent. What are they going to do? Keep her on life support for sixty years? I'm sorry a declaration of brain death should mean immediate termination of life support and burial.

CimnaGeorge
CimnaGeorge

If she wakes up, will these hospital folks kill her again? They should readily foot the bill of the kid and take responsibility for everything, after-all if Jahi was not operated, she might not have bled in the nose and mouth nor had cardiac arrest, we are talking about a human being here not experimental rats! Give the little girl a chance, as much as possible, everything it takes. Let her live

Vanstrami
Vanstrami

@victoria123She was declared brain dead Dec 12th, 3 days after her surgery... I think a sufficient amount of time has passed... Just sayin

Dee03
Dee03

@CimnaGeorge  I could not agree more!  That family has EVERY right to go the distance for that baby, and that hospital should foot the bill and take responsibility! You don't know what could happen by Faith!

Smiling1809
Smiling1809

Wake up? She is not asleep or in a coma. She is dead. She has zero brain activity. No one has ever in the history of the world has come back from brain death ever. You can't kill someone again. Once someone is dead, they stay dead.

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