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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.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital and an independent pediatric neurologist from Stanford University have concluded the girl is brain dead.

The hospital wants to remove her from life support, but the family said they believe she is still alive.

Hospital spokesman Sam Singer said Sunday in an interview with KRON-TV that Children’s Hospital will facilitate a transfer if the family finds an outside physician to insert breathing and feeding tubes.

“We’ll do our best, if it is within the confines of things that are legal and medically correct, to be of assistance to them,” Singer said.

“At a certain point, they have to be able to look themselves in the eye and realize that this young lady is dead and is not coming back under any circumstances.”

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7 thoughts on “Time Running Out to Find New Facility for Brain Dead Teen, Jahi McMath

  1. What’s of note is that the court understands that by law it can not bring back a brain dead person. It has also been told no hospital in California seeks to take receipt of the brain dead girl and put her on life support. It understands that human life can not be restored when one is brain dead as opposed to when in a coma and yet it agrees to mandate that the girl must stay alive until a possible hospital is found, never mind the complications inherent in moving the child.

    Is it possible that even the courts have mistaken the plea for life, the pain of a mother will never compensate for the horrific, the unfair, the improbable that one can sometimes die from simple routine things and that sometimes its best to accept in the real world miracles and super heroes are at best mythological beliefs to be kept at a distance? Then again define faith…..

  2. Wildflower on said:

    That piece of shit attorney shouldn’t be encouraging these people either. I can understand grieving parents not ready or finding it difficult to let go of a child that should be burying you, but that attorney is a real piece of work for not trying to help these people let go and let God have her now. He/she should be focused on whether or not there was any malpractice.

  3. msyellarose on said:

    What part of “brain -dead” do these folks, bless their hearts, not understand? This baby is gone..not in a coma, not in a vegetative state. As a parent I realize that they are devastated, but she is no longer here. Please allow her to rest. I am praying for them.

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