Health facility withdraws offer to accept brain-dead girl for treatment
A long-term care facility that originally offered to accept a girl declared brain dead has withdrawn their invitation. 13-year-old Jahi McMath never regained consciousness after going into cardiac arrest during a routine tonsillectomy.
Her family has been in a heated court battle with Children’s Hospital Oakland to keep the child on life support. The decision leaves a New York hospital as the only apparent option for the child.
“I just found out that the facility my daughter was supposed to be going to has backed out,” Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, wrote on the family’s fundraising website early Sunday. “My family and I are still striving to find a location that will accept her in her current condition.”
According to a statement released by the hospital, as of Sunday no one from any medical organization has been in contact with it regarding the transfer of McMath.
Time is running short for the child’s family, as a judge ruled for the hospital to remove McMath off of life support at 5 p.m. today.
We will keep you updated on the developments of this story.