After continuous battles in the court with the Oakland Hospital, California, officials, according to Jahi McMath’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, her teenage daughter, who doctors have pronounced brain-dead in last December, is said to be doing “much better” physically now. Winkfield shifted her daughter to another medical center after a tonsil surgery performed on McMath to alleviate sleep apnea complications, McMath was reported to be brain-dead by the state hospital and doctors seen no hope on her recovery.
Winkfield gave an update on her teenage daughter’s situation in a letter released on social networking site of Facebook and Twitter. Winkfield said she is hopeful about McMath’s transforming condition. She further said her absence from the media allowed her to concentrate on her daughter’s health. In her status, Winkfield wrote, she struggled to shift her 13-year-old daughter from Oakland Hospital into another medical center, since the children’s hospital was to remove McMath from the ventilator after pronouncing her brain-dead. Therefore, McMath’s heart would have stopped without the ventilator long ago. However, shifting McMath into another medical facility was a “miracle,” and McMath is much better. Winkfield expressed that she is grateful towards everyone who prayed for her in this struggling time.
Additionally, in her letter that Winkfield posted on Wednesday, February 19, she explained her decision to shift McMath in the last month on January 5, into an unnamed medical facility worked best for McMath, as she is showing signs of recuperation. Nonetheless, Winkfield did not disclose details on McMath’s actual condition or location. McMath is still on the ventilator, breathing tubes and feeding.
On December 9, 2013, at the Children’s Oakland Hospital, medical physicians performed a tonsilectomy on Jahi McMath, and that led to massive bleeding which proceeded with a cardiac arrest. Within few days after series of tests and exams performed on McMath, doctors concluded her brain-dead on December 12. Moreover, the exams indicated stoppage of blood flow, no cerebrum movement, and no activity in the brain cells that operate breathing.
Winkfield’s daughter McMath was on ventilator after medical experts pronounced her brain-dead with no hope of revival. According to the hospital, the ventilator would not have worked on McMath for long as she was legally dead. While keeping and caring for a patient like McMath on the machine is difficult. The hospital wanted to remove McMath off of the ventilator and eventually let her die, but Winkfield fought against it and went to court. She struggled adamantly to have custody of her daughter from the hospital. She believed McMath needed recuperation time from the complications that she suffered after the tonsilectomy. Moreover, the medical experts at University of California, Los Angeles, said that brain-dead patients’ bodies worsen with passage of time. The blood pressure drops and that stops the heart from beating, and it only takes days or sometimes months.
In her status, Winkfield wrote she acknowledges and is thankful for all the financial and emotional assistance people have given her, and she expressed her gratitude to all in their native language around the globe. Nevertheless, after spending a month at another treatment facility, McMath shows tremendous progress in her physical health, and is doing much better even though doctors had pronounced her brain-dead. Winkfield expressed in the letter about her faith in God, prayers and God’s healing power. She concluded that she loves her teenage daughter McMath, and hope exists where love is, and she is hopeful that her daughter will recuperate.
By Iqra Amjad