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California Girl Who Was Pronounced Brain Dead By Doctors In 2013 Finally Passes On In 2018

Date July 2, 2018 10:59

In 2013, Jahi McMath went through a surgery for tonsil and adenoid removal at the Children's Hospital & Research Center, Oakland. Unfortunately, doctors diagnosed her with sleep apnea, a condition that causes shallowness in breathing. She was not released the following day as planned.

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Soon after, other complications arose. The teenager was officially proclaimed brain dead and put on life-support. The hospital even issued a birth certificate to that effect. But the family insisted on keeping their daughter alive and refused to let doctors turn the ventilators off.

Eventually, the matter was taken to court. In 2017, Dr. Alan Shewmon and professor emeritus of pediatrics and neurology at UCLA took sides with the family after watching home videos captured by the McMath between 2014 and 2016. He claimed that the girl still showed signs of normal brain function.

In September 2017, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stephen Pulido ruled in favor of the McMath saying there was still the question of whether Jahi’s status “satisfies the statutory definition of ‘dead’ under the Uniform Determination of Death Act.”

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Sadly, Jahi was confirmed dead by the family lawyer on June 22 this year. CNN reports that Christopher Dolan said "Jahi died as the result of complications associated with liver failure." in his statement, he also suggested that her condition before death may have been as a result of negligence on the part of doctors at the hospital.

Jahi suffered an anoxic brain injury as the result of severe blood loss after surgery at Children's Hospital Oakland in December of 2013 when medical staff failed to treat Jahi or summon a doctor after she had undergone surgery on her tonsils, adenoids and soft palette to address a condition known as apnea.

His claims have not been verified yet, causing room for speculation. In the meantime, her mother Nailah Winkfield although sad that her daughter has passed was happy for the 4 years she got to spend with her.

Jahi McMath second death pronouncement comes 5 years after the initial certificate was issued in 2013. She was 17-year-old. Her family is currently preparing for her funeral. Dolan continues to fight pro-bono to have the Northern District of California reverse the death certificate issued in 2013 and establish Jahi McMath’s dead as having occurred in 2018.

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