13-Year-Old Declared Brain Dead, Showing Signs Of Life
A judge ordered on December 24th, 2013 that 13-year-old Jahi McMath, a Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy, be taken off life support.
**UPDATED INFORMATION**: Jahi’s condition has changed since this article was originally published. Please see the updated statement from the family at the end of this article.
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Grillo issued the order after a Stanford doctor testified that Jahi is brain dead. Dr. Paul Graham Fisher’s evaluation was the second to reach that conclusion.
Children’s Hospital of Oakland, where Jahi was hospitalized, has asked that the girl be taken off life support after doctors there also concluded she was brain dead.
However, Jahi’s family has said it believes she is still alive and that the hospital should not remove her from the ventilator without its permission.