Judge to Hospital: Keep Brain-Dead Teen Alive
Jahi McMath's family wants her moved to New York facility
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2013 7:52 PM CST
This undated file photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath.    (AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey, File)

(Newser) – A judge today extended Jahi McMath's lifeline by ordering an Oakland hospital to keep her on breathing support until January 7 at 5pm, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The latest volley in the emotional battle over the brain-dead 13-year-old came as her family said another facility would accept her for long-term care. "The family has located a licensed facility in the state of New York which has agreed to take Jahi," said her uncle, Omari Sealey. "We have contracted with an air ambulance willing to take her from door to door. "

But Sealey said the Children's Hospital Oakland would not "allow us to proceed in that manner." For its part, the hospital said it understood from media reports that the New York facility had backed out of the agreement. The girl's family also said it has video of Jahi reacting to her mother's voice and gave footage to the hospital's attorney. "She's moving her body," her grandmother said. "Her vital signs are good." Sealey added that a pediatrician has seen Jahi and "sworn that she is not dead." Jahi was declared brain-dead after undergoing a routine tonsil surgery at the hospital earlier this month. Click for more on Jahi's case.

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Jan 1, 2014 10:15 AM CST
Although the brain can not repair damaged neurons, it has been proven that other parts of the brain can learn to replace the damaged memories, like learning to talk and walk again. If she is showing the least sign of recognition, it behooves her parents to fight for her right to live. May they find peace in any decision they make.
Dec 31, 2013 12:41 PM CST
We the people are sick to death of this story. Enough about the veg already.
Dec 31, 2013 11:17 AM CST
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Well, she is a black kid and patient's family are blacks. Don't know they might ask for Extortion from the Oakland Children Hospital; otherwise, her last chance-to-try is to let this brain-damaged kid to try "Acupuncture" to excite her body's "nerve" and then put this kid into an Oxygen (O2) Pressure Box, because she (her brain) might lack in Oxygen.