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After Months of Fighting, Toddler Abruptly Taken Off Life Support

'He's gone,' says mom

(Newser) - Israel Stinson, 2, had a bad asthma attack on April 1, went into cardiac arrest, and was declared brain-dead at UC Davis Medical Center. Nearly five months of legal battling ensued, as the California toddler's parents—who did not agree with the prognosis—fought to keep him on life... More »

Court: Family of Girl Declared Dead Can Try to Prove She's Alive

The latest in the Jahi McMath saga

(Newser) - The legal battle over whether Jahi McMath is dead or alive continues. The family of McMath, who never recovered after suffering complications from a 2013 tonsil surgery when she was 13 years old, has sued UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and the doctor who did the surgery. The hospital... More »

Family: Jahi McMath 'Healthy and Beautiful as Ever'

She's 'proving naysayers wrong,' they say

(Newser) - More than two years after she was declared brain dead , Jahi McMath is as "healthy and beautiful as ever" and is "proving naysayers wrong," according to family members. In a March 15 Facebook post on the "Keep Jahi McMath on life support" page , family members shared... More »

Jahi McMath's Family Wants Her Declared Alive

"I want her to have the same rights as any other disabled kid," says mom

(Newser) - It's been two years since Jahi McMath's tonsil surgery went wrong , she suffered brain death , and was declared dead, and now her family wants that death certificate revoked for the now-15-year-old who remains on life support. Jahi's mom, Nailah Winkfield, is suing in federal court various entities... More »

Jahi McMath Suit Tells Brutal Tale of Surgery Gone Wrong

Mother was pushed to donate McMath's organs while she prayed

(Newser) - As Jahi McMath , declared brain-dead in 2013, remains hooked up to machines in New Jersey, her family is filing suit against the Oakland hospital where her surgery for sleep apnea went terribly wrong, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The suit against UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and surgeon... More »

Landlord: Jahi McMath's Family Stopped Paying Rent

But family lawyer denies allegations

(Newser) - The latest drama surrounding the McMath family: A New Jersey landlord says they didn't pay two months' rent. Some of the family is living in New Jersey with Jahi McMath, the teen girl left brain dead after a routine tonsillectomy last year, while the rest of the family remains... More »

Family: Jahi McMath Is 'Alive Again'

Attorney says he has evidence of brain activity, wants court to reverse ruling

(Newser) - Jahi McMath , the 13-year-old girl declared brain-dead not long after having her tonsils removed in December, has been kept on feeding and breathing support at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Now the Oakland, Calif., girl's family says Jahi is once again showing brain activity,... More »

Brain-Dead Girl to Get Honorary Diploma

Jahi McMath was in 8th grade before surgery went wrong

(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... More »

Mom: Jahi 'Blossoming Into a Teen'

Winkfield: She moves in bed, listens to music

(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... More »

Uncle: Jahi McMath 'Knows Where She Is'

Girl declared brain-dead shows signs of life, he says

(Newser) - Jahi McMath's family insists that the girl who has been declared brain-dead is very much alive. "She definitely knows where she is and that we're present," uncle Omari Sealy tells the San Francisco Chronicle . He says the 13-year-old remains unconscious but turns in the direction of... More »

Mom: Jahi Is 'Much Better,' Thanks

Nailah Winkfield gives update, thanks people for their support

(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... More »

Enough: This Girl Is Dead

The Jahi McMath case is a 'disgrace,' Meghan Daum argues

(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... More »

Experts: Brain-Dead Teen's Body Is Deteriorating

No 'heroic measures' can change the inevitable for Jahi McMath, they say

(Newser) - The coroner's office has issued a death certificate for Jahi McMath, but her family's lawyer this week claimed that now that she is receiving nutrition via a feeding tube, her "health is improving" and her condition has stabilized. But medical experts say that condition is undoubtedly a... More »

Lawyer Claims Brain-Dead Teen's 'Health Is Improving'

Dolan defends role in tragic case

(Newser) - The California 13-year-old declared dead after tonsil surgery is getting better at the undisclosed facility where she was moved earlier this week, family lawyer Christopher Dolan claims. Jahi McMath has had feeding and tracheostomy tubes inserted and "doctors are optimistic that her condition has stabilized and that her health... More »

Brain-Dead Girl Moved From Hospital

Lawyer won't say where Jahi McMath is now

(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... More »

Family of Jahi McMath Can Move Brain-Dead Girl

Hospital agrees after mother takes responsibility for 13-year-old

(Newser) - The mother of Jahi McMath has won the right to move her daughter from Children's Hospital Oakland, where she was declared brain-dead more than three weeks ago. The hospital and Jahi's family reached a deal in court today in which Jahi's mom, Nailah Winkfield, will assume responsibility... More »

Brain-Dead Teen's Family: Hospital Is Starving Her

Family say hospital 'hellbent' on ending Jahi's life

(Newser) - The family of Jahi McMath , the California 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery, is still desperately trying to find a doctor willing to operate on the daughter hospital officials refer to as a corpse. The McMath family has reached out on social media and elsewhere in their quest to... More »

Last Hope for Brain-Dead Teen: Facility Dedicated to Terri Schiavo?

Schiavo organization also helping Jahi McMath's family

(Newser) - A brain-injury treatment center dedicated to Terri Schiavo is trying to help the family of Jahi McMath , the California teen left brain-dead after tonsil surgery. Allyson Scerri founded New Beginnings in Medford, New York, in 2011, and Schiavo's mother and brother took part in the ribbon-cutting when it opened.... More »

Judge to Hospital: Keep Brain-Dead Teen Alive

Jahi McMath's family wants her moved to New York facility

(Newser) - A judge today extended Jahi McMath's lifeline by ordering an Oakland hospital to keep her on breathing support until January 7 at 5pm, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The latest volley in the emotional battle over the brain-dead 13-year-old came as her family said another facility would accept... More »

2nd Facility Turns Down Brain-Dead Teen at 11th Hour

Children's Hospital Oakland confirms it will unplug her at 5pm

(Newser) - The clock is ticking for Jahi McMath, with Children's Hospital Oakland yesterday confirming it will shut off her ventilator at 5pm today unless ordered otherwise, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Her family continues to scramble to find a facility willing to take the brain-dead 13-year-old, after yesterday learning that... More »

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