Mom: Jahi Is 'Much Better,' Thanks
Nailah Winkfield gives update, thanks people for their support
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2014 7:03 AM CST
Martin Winkfield places his arm around his wife Nailah Winkfield, mother of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, as they wait outside a courtroom Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(Newser) – More than two months after she was declared brain-dead, Jahi McMath is doing "much better," in the words of mom Nailah Winkfield. They're her first public comments since moving Jahi from Children's Hospital Oakland to an undisclosed location on Jan. 5, and come via a letter to supporters posted to Facebook, the San Jose Mercury News reports. "Despite what people say about my daughter being dead and how I must be ignorant not to get that, I can tell you that she is much better physically since she has left Children's Hospital and I see changes that give me hope," Winkfield writes. "Thank you for all the love, support, and prayers you give Jahi every day ... I don't think I or Jahi would be here today without you."

"I know people are concerned and I want to make sure you know that Jahi is not suffering, she is surrounded by love," she continues. "I will never let her suffer." The San Francisco Chronicle notes that while her family believes there's a chance of recovery, three different doctors have declared Jahi dead, and experts tell the Mercury News organ failure is inevitable, even with the ventilator and feeding tube currently in place. "What you may not know is that her name, Jahi, means one who is known by many. Hopefully my daughter can change some of the ways brain death is viewed in today’s society," Winkfield concludes. "Honestly, she already has."

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BarackMustGo
Feb 22, 2014 6:10 PM CST
This has to be the worst thing a mom and dad could experience, regarding your baby girl/boy. When they've died, even as suddenly as this child has, and there is nothing you can rationalize what has happen, even through your grief. But when there is not that finite ending, I don't think I could let my baby go, either.
drflora3rd
Feb 21, 2014 11:18 PM CST
If she isn't fed in the feeding tube any liquid food that contains casein, from cows, there is a much greater chance of her survival. Casein will cause mucus in her lungs and in the gastrointestinal lining, mucus buildup because it is an inflammatory agent. There is a supplement for diabetics that would be better, which has soy, peas and carrots and Dr. Christopher, well known in Utah, has herbal recipes for people in comas. Never give up. Some people have been in comas for years and have come out just fine. Coconut oil, instead of any other type of vegetable oil, is preferable. Google the "Incurables" for other recipes from herbalists that have worked.
ttoe
Feb 21, 2014 2:55 PM CST
I am glad that Jahi wasn't murdered by those left wing zealots so convinced that Jahi needed to die . . . get this, for ethical reasons. They actually argued about the ethics of putting a feeding tube in a person that they considered dead. It's laughable if it wasn't so sad. Her own parents wanted that feeding tube put in, but due to ethical concerns, they couldn't because to them ethical meant letting her die regardless of what the parents wanted. Today's left, today progressiveness, first it was arguments about it being the patient's choice to die, then the family's choice to die, and less than a couple decades later, it's the state's decision. Fascinating how progressiveness works today. Oppression, governmental control over the people, autocracy and oppression of a free people, it's a progressive thing. In time and steps, we will suffer too.