The mother of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead by doctors last year is insisting that her child is not a corpse.

Jahi McMath went into cardiac arrest during a routine tonsillectomy. Doctors at Children’s Memorial Oakland declared the child brain dead on Dec. 12.

Her family won a court battle to keep the child alive after doctors refused to further treat her. 

From the Los Angeles Times:

Citing alleged death threats, the family has declined to say where they transferred Jahi’s body after she was released by Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the county coroner.

[…] in a Facebook message posted Wednesday, Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, wrote that “despite what people say about my daughter being dead and how I must be ignorant not to get that, I can tell you that she is much better physically since she has left Children’s Hospital and I see changes that give me hope.” She went on to thank people “who view my daughter as the sweet, innocent, 13-year-old girl that she is and not a dead body or a corpse, I deeply appreciate that.”

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Medical experts and ethicists have criticized the family’s decision to keep McMath on a ventilator. They say it is absolutely no chance of her recovering from brain death.

At least three neurologists confirmed that Jahi had no blood flow to her brain, no sign of electrical activity in her brain and could not breathe on her own.

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