Hospital Balks at Surgery for Brain-Dead Teen
Says it is not an 'appropriate' to operate on 'body of a deceased person'
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2013 8:57 AM CST
Updated Dec 27, 2013 9:29 AM CST
This undated photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey)

(Newser) – Jahi McMath's family has decided to indeed move her out of Children's Hospital Oakland and into an unnamed Bay Area nursing home, with her uncle saying "it looks like we may have found a miracle to keep Jahi alive and to give her another fighting chance to wake up." But there's just one catch, and it's a big one: She'll first need surgery. The 13-year-old, who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications following a tonsil surgery, needs to undergo a tracheotomy so that a permanent breathing tube can be put in place. And within minutes of her uncle's comments, Children's Hospital balked, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Its officials released a statement saying they didn't feel it was "an appropriate medical practice" to perform surgery "on the body of a deceased person." It further referenced a recent ruling that is keeping Jahi on a ventilator through Monday, saying "Judge Grillo was very clear. He ruled Jahi McMath to be deceased and instructed the hospital to maintain the status quo." The family's lawyer swung at Children's Hospital for being "hell-bent on this girl going out in a box." He said the family would try to identify another hospital that would perform the surgery, and would appeal the Monday deadline if necessary.

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Learae
Dec 28, 2013 10:21 AM CST
I don't know, my daughter was on life support for 10 days, She was brain dead. Then they said all her organs were dead.The only thing that kept her from being legal dead was her brain stem was still alive. We had to let her go.She wanted to be an organ dower but couldn't. They were dead. Her body was starting to rot. Wouldn't that be the same here? Just asking.
pb
Dec 28, 2013 8:46 AM CST
P.S. had enough...I see that you n**er rigged the posting rules. you're an a**
pb
Dec 28, 2013 8:43 AM CST
A trach is a minor procedure to maintain a person on a respirator. If it were your child.....