California Judge Extends Life Support For Brain-Dead Girl

Source: Doug Stanglin and Michael Winter / USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO — Less than an hour before a Monday deadline, a California judge granted a one-week extension of life support for a brain-dead girl while her family seeks another facility to take her.

Oakland Children’s Hospital had been prepared to disconnect 13-year-old Jahi McMath at 5 p.m. PT. She has been on a ventilator since hemorrhaging and suffering a heart attack after a Dec. 9 tonsillectomy and related surgery to treat sleep apnea and other issues.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo extended his earlier order until Jan. 7 after the family said it was arranging to transfer her to a facility in New York state, said her uncle, Omari Sealey.

“Jahi is moving when her mother speaks,” he told reporters outside the hospital, the Oakland Tribune reported. “We have video our attorneys have just produced it to the hospital’s attorney. We have a pediatrician who has seen Jahi who has sworn that she is not dead.”

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  • Estella Cohen

    This hospital truly underestimated this Black mother. I hope the family “sues,sues and sues some more! I hope parents will have second and third thoughts about placing their beloved children in this nightmare of a “children’s hospital”.