OAKLAND (KRON) — Lawyers for the family of 13-year old Jahi McMath have just hours to try to prevent Children’s Hospital Oakland from removing the teen’s life support.
A judge has ruled Jahi is brain dead but ordered the hospital to keep the girl on a ventilator through at least 5:00 p.m. today.
Family members and their attorney say they hope to get the judge to extend that deadline while they continue to look for other facilities that will accept Jahi.
The teenager suffered a heart attack and bleeding after undergoing surgery to have her tonsils removed on December 9. At least three doctors, including one appointed by the court have agreed the girl is brain dead.
Jahi’s mother says she believes in miracles. The family has explored moving Jahi to at least three long-term care facilities. As of Monday morning it appeared all of those had fallen through.
“There is unfortunately no amount of hope, no amount of prayer that can bring her back,” Children’s Hospital spokesman Sam Singer says. “Barring any unforseen legal action by the Gold and the family, when five o’clock comes around the ventilator will be removed.”
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