Jahi McMath’s mother wants brain-dead girl declared legally alive
A Northern California mother’s two-year quest to have her brain-dead daughter declared legally alive is moving her case to federal court after attempts to secure an order from a state judge ended in failure.
The Alameda County coroner in Oakland signed Jahi McMath’s death certificate in December 2013. The coroner concluded that the then-13-year-old died of post-procedure complications at Oakland’s Children’s Hospital following surgery to remove her tonsils.
But an Alameda County judge upheld the death certificate after a respected Stanford University neurologist and two other medical experts concluded the girl was dead.
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