Family of brain-dead California girl seeks nursing home transfer

Family of brain-dead California girl seeks nursing home transfer


12/26/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

California – The family of a 13-year-old California girl who has been declared brain-dead is seeking to have her transferred to a nursing home. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), an attorney for the family of Jahi McMath said Thursday that before she could be transferred breathing and feeding tubes would first need to be inserted by doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland to allow her body to continue functioning.

The attorney, Christopher Dolan, is quoted by the AP as stating, “Our position is, ‘You don’t want her, that’s clear.’ … We are trying to find somebody who will see her other than a dead piece of meat and will treat her, help us get her out of there and into the arms of someone who will care for her rather than putting her in a body bag.”

David Durand, the hospital’s chief of pediatrics, is quoted by the AP as stating of the transfer request, “Children’s Hospital Oakland does not believe that performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person is an appropriate medical practice.”

Jahi was declared brain dead following complications from a tonsillectomy. The hospital was granted permission to remove her ventilator by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo, but not prior to December 30 at 5 p.m., which allows the mother time to appeal the decision.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – California Legal News

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