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Posted by twilajane - Dec 28, 2013 - 8:51am

I send out this journal entry to all in Radio Paradise World, I believe in prayer, please pray for this little girl, when I was in her shoes I truly believe that the power of prayer brought me back from my coma.

Relatives seek extended care for brain-dead California girl

SAN FRANCISCO — Relatives of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy want her moved to a long-term care facility, but face resistance from the hospital where she is due to be disconnected from a breathing machine on Monday.

The family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, who has been without brain function and on a ventilator for two weeks at Children's Hospital in Oakland, Calif., said they had found an extended-care center willing to take the girl on an indefinite basis, hospital officials said on Friday.

But the center will not accept Jahi unless she has surgically implanted ports for breathing and feeding tubes placed in her body before the transfer, family attorney Christopher Dolan said on Thursday. He declined to name the facility.

 The family would be required to find an outside physician to implant tracheotomy and gastric tubes in the girl and supply lawful transportation services for her, Singer said. Hospital officials also would need to know the name of the facility taking Jahi, but that information had not been provided, he added.

Children's Hospital's chief of pediatric medicine, Dr. David Durand, said in a statement that the hospital "does not believe that performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person is an appropriate medical practice."

The mother of this child says,
"I would probably need my child's heart to stop to show me that she was dead," Winkfield said. "Her heart was still beating, so there's still life there."

When I was 15, I was in this child's position, my heart was still beating even though I was in a coma...

 On Tuesday, following court testimony by two pediatric neurologists that Jahi was beyond recovery, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo denied a request by relatives to extend his restraining order, which prohibits the hospital from taking her off the breathing machine without the family's consent before Monday at 5 p.m. local time.

I was also given a grime outcome, the doctor said I may be in a coma for a week, a month, a year or never, and if I did I would remain a vegetable for the rest of my life, well the doctors were wrong, my heart even stopped, yet here I am before you today, age 48, 4 children and 4 grandchildren... I came out of my coma in a week.


4 comments on this journal entry.

kurtster Avatar

Location: drifting

Posted: Jan 6, 2014 - 6:49pm

Jahi is being transported to a long term care facility now, but her survival is questionable due to the lack of care she received at OCH while the court battle went on. 

The behaviour of the hospital has been reprehensible throughout this case.  Do no harm.  What is harmful in maintaining a life as in this case other than to the hospital's bottom line ?  They blew it.  They owe whatever it takes to keep this child alive for as long as her family wishes.  It's the family's option, not the hospital's.

twilajane Avatar

Posted: Dec 30, 2013 - 6:45pm

With an hour to spare, Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo reinstated a restraining order preventing an Oakland, Calif., hospital from removing Jahi McMath from life support at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) on Monday.

She will remain on life support until Jan. 7 2014

kurtster Avatar

Location: drifting

Posted: Dec 28, 2013 - 7:57pm

I have a friend who came out of a month long coma just hours before her feeding tube was to be removed last Christmastime.

My tonsils were removed some 55 years ago at Oakland Children's Hospital, fwiw.  It is wrong for the family's wishes to be denied.  The hospital should grant the family's wishes and pay for their daughter's care for as long as she remains alive, coma or no coma.

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helenofjoy Avatar

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Posted: Dec 28, 2013 - 4:39pm