Judge Orders Talks Between Jahi McMath’s Family, Children’s Hospital Oakland

Source: AP / CBS News

OAKLAND, Calif. –– A federal magistrate will meet Friday with lawyers for a California hospital and a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery.

The judge issued an order Thursday instructing representatives of Children’s Hospital Oakland and the family of Jahi McMath to attend the mandatory settlement conference and try to avoid going to trial.

The hospital and Jahi’s mother have been locked in a harrowing clash over the girl’s care in recent weeks.

Jahi, an Oakland eighth grader, had undergone a tonsillectomy and related procedures at Children’s Hospital on Dec. 9 to treat sleep apnea. Her family said she went into cardiac arrest after she started coughing up blood in the recovery room. She was declared brain dead three days later. The hospital then moved to take her off the machines that keep her heart and lungs going a few days before Christmas.

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