Time Running Out to Find New Facility for Brain Dead Teen, Jahi McMath

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  • OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery was running out of time Sunday to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.

    A judge’s ruling will allow Children’s Hospital Oakland to remove 13-year-old Jahi McMath from life support at 5 p.m. Monday unless her family appeals.

    The family is now pinning its hopes on a New York facility after two California care homes withdrew offers to accept the teen.

    Chris Dolan, the family’s attorney, said he was waiting to hear from the New York hospital after its facility director and medical director speak. He wouldn’t provide the hospital’s name, saying the media attention could hurt Jahi’s chance of being transferred there.

    “It’s an organization that believes in life,” Dolan told The Associated Press Saturday. “It’s our last, last hope.”

    Dolan did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Sunday.

    Jahi underwent a tonsillectomy at the hospital on Dec. 9 to treat sleep apnea. After she awoke from the operation, her family said, she started bleeding heavily from her mouth and went into cardiac arrest.

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