Enough: This Girl Is Dead
The Jahi McMath case is a 'disgrace,' Meghan Daum argues
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 16, 2014 1:22 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) – The media has been sickeningly "balanced" in its handling of the Jahi McMath case, giving supposed experts (generally religious extremists) the platform to foster the delusion that the girl has a chance of waking up. "But this is no longer a story that requires balance," writes Meghan Daum at the LA Times. "The truth is that Jahi has been dead for more than a month now, and the time for subtlety is over. The situation, to put it bluntly, is a disgrace." The public is apparently confused about the difference between brain death, from which a person cannot recover, and a coma, from which recovery is possible because the brain is still functioning to some extent.

Jahi's death is surely tragic, and her family deserves sympathy. But they don't deserve authority over life and death, the attention they've been given, or the donations they've collected "under the pretense that six separate doctors have made a wrong diagnosis and a resurrection will happen." The truth is that people die, even young people, even in horribly random ways, every day. "In a sense, Jahi's family is right: They were mistreated. They were treated as special. And death … is about as unspecial as it gets." Click for Daum's full column.

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Jan 19, 2014 10:28 AM CST
They were given the speech of the do's and don't's and knew not to allow his child to be fed, talk or suctioned after surgery. And,they still did everything they were not supposed to do. The hospital is being vilified and had a gag order placed on them. They can not defend themselves or speak of this tragedy. The parents were given ample time to come to terms with the reality of Jahi's death and to make arrangements for a proper burial. They turned this into a circus and public spectacle, that should of been a time for them to grieve the loss of this child. Now, they are still soliciting donations and Jahi is still dead and decomposing. Shame on her family and the sycophants that are perpetuating this fraud and freak show!
Anushka Lovell
Jan 17, 2014 8:14 PM CST
she is not dead til GOD says she is. She would not be allowed to hang around for so long. No one but no one can resuscitate the brain but GOD and If it is HIS will for this young girl to be brought back to her family, then HE will do so. Miracles happen all over the world and I have been witness to so many. Yes death comes to us all but sometimes GOD can postpone it. The worst tragedy may happen in our lives, but that is GOD using it to change somebody or some circumstances.
Jan 17, 2014 7:38 PM CST
This whole comment board is like listening to open complain night at the local township meeting. Nobody's got anything important to say, but damned if they aren't full of righteous indignation about it.