Brain-Dead Girl to Get Honorary Diploma
Jahi McMath was in 8th grade before surgery went wrong
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 11, 2014 3:45 PM CDT
Jahi McMath, in a family photo before her surgery.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of McMath Family and Omari Sealey, File)

(Newser) – A 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after suffering complications from surgery will receive an honorary diploma during her school's 8th-grade graduation this week. Omari Sealey, the uncle of Jahi McMath, said the girl's school in Oakland will give the diploma to a family member. Jahi underwent tonsil surgery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in December, then went into cardiac arrest, and was later declared brain dead. After her family went to court to prevent the hospital from taking her off a ventilator, Jahi was released to them and moved to another facility. Sealey said his niece is doing well and is responding to voice commands. Her mom said recently she is "blossoming into a teen."

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Jun 13, 2014 9:59 AM CDT
She's in line for a gubmint job, maybe in a supervisory capacity.
Jun 12, 2014 4:41 PM CDT
Another democrat gets her diploma, and she finished higher than both Obamas, both clintons, and higher than most of democrats in government.
Jun 12, 2014 4:33 PM CDT
They should make her a Republican senator too.