Mom: Jahi 'Blossoming Into a Teen'
Winkfield: She moves in bed, listens to music
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2014 6:19 AM CDT
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) – Jahi McMath spends much of her time like any other teenage girl: she sits cross-legged in bed, listens to Rihanna and Beyonce on her iPod, and gets a manicure and pedicure every Friday. This according to mom Nailah Winkfield, who yesterday gave her first interviews since Jahi was moved out of Children's Hospital Oakland. Winkfield tells NBC Bay Area her daughter is "still asleep" but "very responsive," describing her as moving in bed, bending at the waist, and moving her head from side to side; her "energy level ... is way up." Winkfield adds, per NBC Philadelphia. "If somebody was totally, 100% brain dead, I don't think they'd be able to move as much as my daughter does."

Winkfield's interview also revealed what kind of care Jahi is being given, though Winkfield wouldn't say where or who is paying for it. Jahi undergoes physical therapy three or four times a week, while her mom paints her nails and gives her vitamins and fish oil "to feel useful." Winkfield adds Jahi is doing "great physically, her skin is flawless, all her vitals are stable ... She is blossoming into a teenager before my eyes ... I'm just waiting and faithful that she will have a recovery." Winkfield said she decided to speak out yesterday after being honored for protecting "a loved one against overwhelming odds" at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network Annual Award Gala.

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May 25, 2014 11:20 AM CDT
I find it interesting that people with nothing more than news reports are commenting as though they personally involved and knowledgeable about Jahi's medical condition. I have first hand experience and can tell you undoubtedly that if she were truly dead NO machine would be able to keep her organs going. My stepfather suffered a major stroke and was pronounced brain dead. Although my mother could have legally disconnected him from life support, his children were devastated, so she agreed to keep him connected. Despite the doctors best efforts and the machines, his heart stopped and he died while the machines were ON, after 30 days because a true corpse can NOT be kept alive. You people are horrible, horrible, horrible and I hope to NEVER meet anyone like those of you that are disparaging this hurting mother and her child.
May 23, 2014 4:26 PM CDT
Her daughter is gone, has been for quite some time. My heart breaks for the family but they need to come to terms with this fact.
May 23, 2014 3:53 PM CDT
This is so very sad. This poor girl needs to be able to rest in peace. And this Mother needs the propor support to accept that her little girl is gone. My heart breaks for her. My heart breaks for the whole family.