SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF)— A lawyer for the family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath says she has arrived safely at an undisclosed new location for medical treatment, but that she was in “bad shape.”
Christopher Dolan said on Monday that a critical care team delivered the girl who was declared brain dead three days after her December 9th tonsillectomy to the location, but wouldn’t say where.
Dolan elaborated on the girl’s condition and said it was because of poor nutrition during her stay at Children’s Hospital Oakland after the surgery for sleep apnea went wrong and she suffered complications, bled heavily and had a heard attack.
After almost a month-long ordeal and the more recent legal wrangling, Jahi’s family moved her Sunday night.
The hospital had wanted to remove Jahi from the ventilator that is keeping her heart pumping, arguing in court that the girl is brain dead and that an absence of blood flow and electrical activity in her brain means she is legally dead.
Meanwhile, Nailiah Winkfield, the girl’s mother, has been at her daughter’s side at the secret location. The family and their lawyer have only said that she has been welcomed with open arms by a Catholic organization that believes the right-to-life.
The girl’s uncle, Omari Sealey, said from Dolan’s San Francisco law office that if it’s god’s will and that her heart stops beating while on a ventilator, so be it. However, they remain adamant that they will not disconnect her from life support.
The family said Jahi is receiving nutritional support and antibiotics at the undisclosed medical facility and that they are planning on organizing a vigil at the new facility.
A lawsuit against Children’s Hospital Oakland on the family’s behalf is still being considered, but the family said their focus has solely been on keeping the teen attached to the ventilator and getting her out of Children’s Hospital and they haven’t had much time to think about the next legal proceedings.
An investigation is underway as to what happened to the girl and why she suffered those complications.
Dolan meanwhile said that he will personally be suing hospital spokesman Sam Singer for calling him unethical for taking this case and representing Jahi’s family.
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