Jahi McMath, the teen who suffered complications after tonsil surgery, needs a Christmas miracle not a gift from Santa Claus. A judge has concluded that the 13-year-old girl is indeed brain-dead. The judge has ruled that Jahi can stay on life support until December 30. The family is praying for a Christmas miracle.
This case quickly spread like wildfire and has gained national attention. Many feel the hospital could have provided better care had they paid closer attention when she first began showing signs of complication. Jahi was initially declared brain-dead on December 12 but her family fought for another opinion.
A judge appointed the chief of pediatric neurology at Stanford Children’s Hospital, Dr. Paul Fisher, to re-evaluate Jahi as an independent expert. Fisher agrees with the hospital and has declared that Jahi does indeed meet the criteria for brain death. What is next for Jahi is unclear but if she doesn’t receive a miracle within the next five days her family may be forced to face their current reality.
The judge has ruled that the hospital can’t take Jahi off life support before December 30; the family has not determined whether or not they will appeal. For now the family plans to spend Christmas near Jahi’s bedside while they drink hot cocoa and open gifts. Omari Sealey, Jahi’s uncle, says it would be great if his niece woke up for Christmas.
Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, says she’s not turning her back on her daughter and no matter what she is going to keep on fighting. Winkfield says it’s her job to support Jahi, any good mother would. She wants her daughter to have more time because she seen recent improvements in Jahi’s condition. Winkfield said that her daughter’s hospital monitor suggests that she is trying to breathe on her own. If she was brain-dead that wouldn’t be possible, said Winkfield, so something must be happening.
Children’s Hospital in Oakland has continued to argue that the court should lift the restraining order that prohibits them from removing the ventilator from Jahi’s body. The hospital says that Jahi is dead, both legally and practically. There is nothing more they can do for her; no medical treatments to continue or discontinue, unfortunately she’s already gone.
The hospital reported that they are merely preserving Jahi’s body from the natural post-mortem process. They believe there is no moral, ethical or legal requirement that obligates the hospital to do so.
The hospital’s chief of pediatrics, Dr. David Durand, said in a statement:
“We have the deepest sympathy for Jahi’s mom, who wants her daughter to still be alive; but the ventilator cannot reverse what has already occurred. Jahi is brain-dead and they would be wrong to offer her mother false hope that Jahi will come back to life.”
Durand said hospital officials are investigating the matter and are committed to figuring out what led to this catastrophic outcome. He said the hospital is very sorry that Jahi suffered such tragic complications. This is a sad situation and their hearts go out to this grieving family and community.
Judge Evelio Grillo told the family that unless a higher court intervenes the hospital has the liberty to discontinue life support on December 30 at 5 p.m. The judge told the family that he knows this has been very hard on them and no one anywhere would wish this on anyone. Grillo also said he hopes they find comfort in their religion.
Sealey said it’s heartbreaking but the family’s faith is still strong and they have until the 30th for a miracle. Winkfield said despite what they are saying her daughter is alive. She said Jahi is warm when she touches her and she responds to her touch. Winkfield said all that needed is time and she knows God will spark awake her brain.
On December 9 Jahi McMath was admitted to Children’s Hospital in Oakland for surgery to have her tonsils and adenoids removed, but due to complications ended up brain-dead. The 13-year-old girl has been on life support since December 12 and has now been ordered off life support, by the judge, as of December 30. It’s not clear whether or not the family will appeal but what is known is that Jahi is in need of a Christmas miracle.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
Guardian Liberty Voice