The family of a 13-year-old Oakland girl who became brain dead after having her tonsils removed plans to seek a court injunction Friday blocking the hospital from taking her off life support over the holidays.
Doctors at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland performed the tonsillectomy Dec. 9, hoping to cure Jahi McMath's
The next day, a CT scan showed two-thirds of Jahi's brain had swollen. Doctors declared her brain-dead, and days later planned to take her off life support until receiving a letter from an attorney who intervened at the last minute on behalf of the family.
On Thursday, Jahi's family told KNTV-TV in San Jose that hospital staff declined their request to keep the girl on life support through the Christmas holiday.
The family fears that if they leave Jahi's bedside, the hospital may try to take action without informing anybody.
Hospital administrators, meanwhile, have publicly called on the family to allow them to discuss Jahi's case, citing patient privacy laws that currently bar them from doing so.
The chief of pediatrics, David Durand, issued a statement earlier this week assuring the community "that we are doing everything in our capacity to provide support to the grieving family."
"Our hearts go out to this patient and her family. Unfortunately, we have not been authorized by the family to share information with the public about this matter," the statement read. "Consequently, we are not able to correct misperceptions created about this sad situation."