A KPIX 5 report on the latest whereabouts of a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead has sparked a new debate about life and death.
Nearly a month after 13-year-old Jahi McMath was taken to a care facility, a video has been posted online that claims to show the girl who was declared brain dead responding to touch.
Christopher Dolan, the attorney for the girl’s family, said doctors inserted the gastric tube and tracheostomy tube Wednesday at the undisclosed facility where Jahi McMath was taken Jan. 5.
While Jahi McMath’s family achieved its goal to move her to a long-term care facility, the case of a Texas hospital refusing to take a pregnant woman declared brain dead off a ventilator may soon be decided in court.
The family of a 13-year-old Oakland girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery has achieved its goal of moving the girl to a new facility for long-term care, but medical experts say it may be just a matter of time before her body functions shut down completely.
A judge said Friday that the mother of Jahi McMath may remove her from an Oakland hospital if she assumes full responsibility for the consequences.
The Alameda County Coroner issued a death certificate Friday for Jahi McMath, a 13 year old teen left brain dead after a tonsillectomy on December 9th, despite the family’s efforts to keep her on a ventilator and move her to a care facility out of state. A doctor has also been found to perform the necessary procedures before moving her.
Attorneys for Children’s Hospital Oakland and the family of a 13-year-old brain-dead girl agreed today on procedures that could allow her to be moved to another facility for further treatment.
A federal magistrate was expected to meet Friday with lawyers to try to resolve a dispute over the care of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, who was declared brain dead after tonsil surgery.
The case of Jahi McMath is a very emotional one and the medical and ethical aspects are complex. KPIX5 asked Dr. David Magnus, a Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford and also the Chair of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, “what is death?”