Brain-Dead Girl Moved From Hospital
Lawyer won't say where Jahi McMath is now
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2014 4:22 AM CST
Nailah Winkfield, right, mother of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, touches her husband Martin Winkfield as they wait outside a courtroom in Oakland, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(Newser) – Acting with a court order, the family of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery has had her taken from a California hospital to be cared for elsewhere, the family's attorney says. Jahi McMath was moved by a critical care team while attached to a ventilator but without a feeding tube, and left Children's Hospital of Oakland in a private ambulance shortly before 8pm last night, the lawyer says.

The hospital's chief of pediatrics says the girl was released to the coroner, who then released her into the custody of her mother as per court order. The coroner's office has also issued a death certificate for the girl but the document is incomplete because no cause of death has been determined pending an autopsy. The family's lawyer asked for privacy for her caregivers, saying the case had aroused strong emotions across the country and "for Jahi's safety and for those around her, we will not be saying where she went or where she is."

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ChuChu
Jan 9, 2014 1:20 PM CST
Here is another religious way to look at it: Her essence is trapped within a dead vessel as she remains "plugged in" and her spirit is in agony. The intentions of a particular religious dogma puts her in a purgatory of nightmarish proportions. Her spirit tortuously screams and nashes it's teeth for release but to no avail. It cries in agony and frustration. This "compassion" that the family believes they are practicing may really be a stark and unrelenting sadism they are mistakingly using to soothe their feelings of loss. Just a thought.
kjhomefinder denver
Jan 6, 2014 11:09 PM CST
I am very sorry to hear this! If there is anything I can do to help please contact me. I went in for dental implants and walked out with a dirty implant pin up my nose and a chronic neck injury. Malpractice and "standard of care" should be looked at more. Us "little people" (non-doctor) get the raw end and attys protect doctors not people.
Mad
Jan 6, 2014 12:32 PM CST
Can't help thinking the family's lawyer is behind all this.