The family of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after a routine tonsillectomy has transferred the child to an undisclosed location.
Jahi McMath went into cardiac arrest during the procedure, and was declared brain dead by medical officials at Children’s Memorial Hospital Oakland on Dec. 12.
The family has since been engaged in a heated court battle to keep the child alive, as the hospital opted to no longer keep McMath on life support.
The release of 13-year-old Jahi McMath’s body from an Oakland hospital Sunday night is being hailed as a victory by her family and their attorney.
Her body was released Sunday by the hospital to the Alameda County coroner’s office, which in turn released the body to her mother “as per court order,” hospital officials said.
The child’s life was spared just an hour before a court-ordered deadline last Monday that authorized officials at the hospital to remove her from life support thanks to an appeal filed by the family.
While the family did not specify where the girl was taken, their attorney Christopher Dolan said “there will be doctors involved.” The Alameda County coroner’s office issued a death certificate Friday, listing Dec. 12 as Jahi McMath’s date of death.
McMath’s family and their attorney has received numerous death threats from members of the public, calling the fight to keep the girl alive “unethical”? Thoughts?
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