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Jahi McMath, 13: Court Extends Life Support Despite Brain Dead Diagnosis

Tue, December 31, 2013 9:17am EDT by Kristine Kowalski 3 Comments
Jahi McMath Life Support
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Jahi McMath’s heartbroken parents fought courts aiming to pull the plug on their child as she is brain dead and clinging to her life on life support after a tonsil surgery gone horribly wrong. A judge extended the girl’s life support deadline to Jan. 7, giving the family new hope for a miracle recovery.

Jahi McMath, 13, remains on life support after a tonsil and sinus surgery intended to ease her pediatric obstructive sleep apnea on Dec. 9 caused her to later bleed uncontrollably and go into cardiac arrest, but her family has new hope: a California judge extended a cut-off deadline and ruled that Jahi will be able to be kept alive on machines until Jan. 7 — a controversial decision after doctors and the court have both ruled the girl to be brain dead.

Jahi McMath Life Support: Deadline For Brain Dead Teen’s Cut-Off Extended

Doctors say that the only thing keeping young Jahi McMath’s heart beating are the powerful life support machines she is hooked up to, but her devastated parents are trying to convince the court that she will recover.

Just an hour before the Dec. 30 deadline the judge had originally ordered to cut off Jahi’s life support came due, the same judge extended the deadline one more week, until Jan. 7.

“Who wants to know the date and the time their child would die?” Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield said after the new deadline was set. “I don’t care what anyone has to say about what I’m doing. … I have to do what is right for me and for Jahi.”‘

Children’s Hospital Oakland spokesman Sam Singer said that the hospital will follow the judge’s orders, but admitted that “no amount of prayer, no amount of hope, no amount of any type of medical procedure will bring her back.” “The medical situation here in this case is that Jahi McMath died several weeks ago,” he explained, reported CNN.

Jahi McMath’s Parents Have Hope Of Miracle Recovery

Jahi’s parents feel that their daughter has a hope of recovery because she has been moving and responding to their touch. “Jahi is moving when her mother speaks to her, and when her mother touches her,” Jahi’s uncle, Omar Sealey said in a statement.

“We won’t stop — I believe my daughter is alive,” Nailah told the media about the source of her faith. “I don’t care what they say; she’s moving. If you go in a room with your child and talk to your child and they respond to you, you’re going to believe your child is alive. I’m not trying to hold onto a corpse — that is a live girl in there.”

Our thoughts are with Jahi’s family as they face this difficult period.

— Kristine Hope Kowalski

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