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.