Jahi McMath family, Children’s Hospital Oakland agree she can be moved
Jahi McMath, shown in an undated photo provided by her family.(Associated Press)
The family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath and Children’s Hospital Oakland have reached an agreement that will allow a team to transfer the girl to another facility.
The facility was not immediately identified and although the girl can be moved while on a ventilator, her mother will take full responsibility for Jahi during the transfer, including in the event that the teen’s heart stops beating, under an agreement reached Friday.
Alameda County Superior Judge Evelio Grillo, however, refused the McMath family’s request for hospital doctors or another physician to insert feeding and tracheostomy tubes for the move, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Christopher Dolan, attorney for the McMath family, would not discuss when Jahi would be moved.
Jahi suffered heavy bleeding, cardiac arrest and “whole brain death” -- defined as an irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem -- on Dec. 12, three days after complex tonsillectomy surgery.
Two hospital physicians and three outside doctors requested by the family deemed her brain-dead, court records show, and the county coroner was notified of the death. But the family protested the hospital’s intention to remove Jahi from a ventilator.
An independent physician named by Grillo last week corroborated the determination that McMath is legally dead, saying that testing showed no blood flow to the brain, no ability to breathe without the ventilator and no sign of electrical activity in her brain.
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