OAKLAND (KCBS) — The family of a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead Children’s Hospital Oakland has obtained a temporary restraining order to keep her connected to a ventilator.
The hospital no longer has legal clearance to disconnect Jahi McMath from the equipment. Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline has been extended until January 7.
In a Monday afternoon press conference, the girl’s family announced they have located a facility in New York that will take her and they have contracted with a door-to-door air ambulance to transport Jahi.
Officials were bracing for almost anything for when the court-ordered deadline expired. A judge gave the eighth grader’s family the deadline for them to find an alternative-care facility for the girl.
Hours before the deadline, the girl’s grandmother, Sandra Chapman spoke to the media and suggested Jahi was moving her body, saying there was leg and body movement as well as response to touch and voice.
“I know one’s [an alternative care facility] gonna come through. I know it. I feel it. Jahi’s moving. If she’s moving, the doctor should pay attention to that,” she said.
Medical professionals and the courts agreed that no matter how unfortunate the situation is, the girl is clinically and legally deceased. Doctors said involuntary muscle twitches and some movement is not unusual, and does not mean there is any brain activity.
Family members said three facilities did express interest in taking care of Jahi, but all three facilities later declined to become involved in the case.