Brain-dead girl has Monday deadline to go off life support

Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:43am EST

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(Reuters) - A 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy may be removed from life support on Monday.

Jahi McMath has been without brain function and on a ventilator for more than two weeks at Children's Hospital in Oakland, California. A court order bars the hospital from taking her off the breathing machine before 5 p.m. PST (0100 Tuesday GMT) without the family's consent.

Family attorney Christopher Dolan said last week a long-term care facility would not take her unless she had ports for breathing and feeding tubes implanted before the transfer. The hospital has declined to carry out the procedures.

Children's Hospital said in a statement on Sunday that Dolan had told it on Friday that an extended care facility might take the girl, but the hospital had received no calls from the center under consideration.

Shortly after her tonsils were removed to treat sleep apnea, Jahi began to bleed heavily, suffered a heart attack and her brain swelled. She was declared brain dead on December 12.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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JasonQuick312 wrote:
This is a truly an unfortunate circumstance, but for the mental health of the parents, they need to let go and begin the healing process.

Dec 30, 2013 9:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
urall5150 wrote:
Her parents fed her to death. Sad, but true. I am sorry for her. They now want to burden society with their problem to the tune of thousands of dollars a day that will be diverted away from someone who is alive and in need of those resources.

Money doesn’t grow on trees and if you think this type of situation doesn’t have an effect on the entire system then continue to live in a fantasy world.

Dec 30, 2013 10:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
girlgirl wrote:
Its really sad that this family has prolonged this. That poor girl has been dead for quits a while. The insurance doesn’t pay for dead people unless it to donate the organs. There are probably other children that are dying, who need the room, or the machines. Now they want donations to transfer her. REALLY! Once you are brain dead there is no coming back. And the hospital isn’t allowed to do surgery on a dead person. I hope people arnt stupid enough to donate their money. Mothers and fathers have to burry their children every single day, and they take children off of life support every single day. This mother has gone way too far, I am starting to wonder if its really about this girl any more. Or is it about money. I am not trying to be mean, but after this long what is really going on.

Dec 30, 2013 1:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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