The mother of the 13-year-old girl who became a cause celebre after being declared brain-dead at an Oakland hospital last year defended her decision to keep her daughter on a ventilator, saying the case has brought worldwide attention to her plight.
Jahi was declared brain-dead Dec. 12 after surgery three days earlier at the hospital to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula.
"I also want to thank those who felt the need to go public with their opinions about me and my daughter, positive and even negative," Winkfield wrote. "It is because of you that my daughter's experience is so relevant and that people all over the world know who Jahi Mcmath is."
Medical experts and ethicists have criticized the decision to keep Jahi on a ventilator, saying there is absolutely no chance of recovering from brain death.
Bioethics experts also took issue with news media coverage that often repeated family assertions that the girl was alive, saying it clouded an issue the public already has difficulty grasping.