Jahi McMath Showing New Signs Of Life [VIDEO]
Remember Jahi McMath? After entering UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland in December 2013 for a routine tonsillectomy to correct her sleep apnea, the then 13-year-old McMath went into cardiac arrest and sustained massive, irreversible brain injuries.
Now, in the fall of 2016, the family is showing more pictures and evidence that she is alive and well.
Published on September 25, 2016, a facebook video shows Jahi actually taking breaths on her own. See for yourself below:
Let’s take a look back. According to court documents, McMath was admitted to Children’s Hospital Oakland to have an adenotonsillectomy, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and submucous resection of bilateral inferior turbinates performed. It was hoped these procedures would provide improved airflow during her sleep at night. The hospital described these procedures as complicated. The family described the surgery as a routine tonsillectomy in media reports.
After the initial surgeries were performed, McMath was conscious and according to her mother Latasha “Nailah” Winkfield, asked for a Popsicle while in the recovery room.
On December 9, 2013, McMath suffered massive blood loss and consequent cardiac arrest. According to McMath’s doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland, the loss of blood circulation caused whole brain death. On December 12, 2013, her doctors declared her brain-dead. Her family was informed that she was legally dead, and that as a result, life support systems would be discontinued. Her family refused to accept the medical declaration of death by neurological criteria, said that McMath was not dead, and initiated legal proceedings in an effort to require the hospital to continue treatment.
Her family won a high-profile legal battle to keep their daughter’s life support machine turned on in 2014, despite a coroner issuing her death certificate.
From the East Bay Times in July 2016, the author writes: Jahi McMath’s family cleared another important hurdle in its legal battle when a state appellate court ruled that the child’s mother could try to prove the girl is alive. In a brief First Appellate Court ruling Tuesday, the court denied appeals by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Dr. Frederick Rosen that claimed Jahi was declared legally dead in January 2014 and therefore should be recognized as deceased in the civil trial.
The family continues to document Jahi’s movements, progress and breathing as in the video above. The family is so very thankful for prayers and continues to recieve support via their facebook page, here.