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Warning: This video contains content that may be very uncomfortable to watch.

Jahi McMath’s family has released a video of her that they say prove she’s still alive. Jahi McMath is the 13-year-old girl who died in December 2013 during a routine tonsil surgery. Jahi’s family, specifically her mother, Nailah Winkfield made the choice to keep Jahi on life support, even though she was declared brain-dead and a death certificate was released. Winkfield recently released a video that she says proves that her daughter is alive. In the above clip, Winkfield asks Jahi to move her leg and the girl’s foot twitches in reaction to her mother’s command. In another clip, Winkfield asks Jahi to move her arm and she grips the object she’s holding in her hand before letting it go.

‘I always knew cause I’m her mother, and I talk to Jahi, she responds so I said, “she can’t be brain-dead if she’s responding,”‘ her mother, Winkfield, said at a press conference on Friday where they showed the above video. While many can and will call his a hopeful moment, it’s a tough situation to be in. It’s obvious that Jahi’s family love her very much and refuse to let her go, but what is the price they are paying? No, I’m not talking about the hefty medical bills that are piling up from keeping her on the ventilator, but I’m wondering about Jahi’s value of life if she ever does wake up? Will she be in a vegetative state?

David Magnus, director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and co-Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Stanford Health Center of Stanford University, says he hasn’t seen the video, but says that it’s common for brain-dead people to have random body movements. “There’s no evidence that patients who are brain-dead can ever recover,’ Magnus told ABC 7. ‘There is no recovery from death.”

Medical Ethicist Arthur Caplan was on CNN talking about Jahi McMath’s family’s desire to keep her “alive” and he says, “Brain death is death. I know her family is hoping for a miracle and wishing that wasn’t so, but from the point of view of medicine of any facility…it’s ghoulish.”

CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin had a very interesting perspective to add to the conversation, “What’s going on here is abortion politics. This is all about opponents of abortion trying to define life in an even broader way. A fetus is alive. Terry Schiavo is a live. People whose hearts are beating and the brain is dead; they are alive. That’s what’s behind the politicians and the lawyers here. They are unfortunately exploiting this poor heartbroken family.”

According to reports, the family’s attorney, Christopher Dolan, says experts are wiling to testify that Jahi’s MRI shows sign of some brain activity. “There’s a difference between being brain-damaged and between being brain-dead,” Dolan said. Jahi’s family has fought against the state of California since Jahi was declared brain-dead. They moved her from the Oakland hospital she was in to an undisclosed location in New Jersey, where they were granted the permission to keep her on the ventilator. The McMath family will be presenting their case to declare Jahi alive in front of a California judge on October 9th. If they win, Jahi’s death certificate will be reversed and her family would be able to move her back to California where her care would be paid for by state taxpayers.

 What do you beauties think of this story–is this hopeful or hopeless?


Family Of Brain-Dead Jahi McMath Releases Video Of Her ‘Moving’ As Proof Of Life was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

152 thoughts on “Family Of Brain-Dead Jahi McMath Releases Video Of Her ‘Moving’ As Proof Of Life

  1. Debbie on said:

    The mom needs to let her child go in peace. Even I know the foot movement was an involuntary reflex that occurs in all patients like this child. There is no quality of life for this little girl. MOM, LET HER GO, and GOD WiLL TAKE CARE OF HER!

  2. The foot moving could be something that happens involuntarily ever so often. The mother just timed it to make it seem purposeful. I’ve cared for infants with no brains and they were fully capable of movement. All you need to be able to move is a brain stem. Jahi needs to be released from the terrible state she is in now. Let her go in peace.

  3. babygrrl on said:

    And that’s the state they want to keep her in just so they can claim she is alive? Sad. I feel for her mother, but this is not living… Her feet look ridiculously bloated, like her toenails are going to pop off at any moment. She does not look good.

    You need to do what is best for Jahi and let her go.

  4. Oh hell NO, I definitely don’t want her moved back to CA for the taxpayers to pay to prolong a disillusioned mother to help her with her guilt. I pay enough taxes and I don’t want to help foot the bill on this one. Let this poor child go, move into the grieving process and go forward.

  5. Proof of life??? A twitching foot does NOT mean she’s alive. I don’t feel sorry for the family – I feel sorry for Mahi who they won’t let rest in peace. She was declared LEGALLY dead, so let her go. She willl NEVER live a “normal” life; she will be cared for around the clock and I’m sure she wouldn’t want that. Her mother, especially, is being cruel and selfish. Maybe she feels guilty since she gave her a cheeseburger in the ICU after surgery and set off the convulsions that caused her death. Time to do the humane thing and let her rest in peace.

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