The family of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after slipping into a coma during surgery says she will receive an honorary diploma during her school’s eighth grade graduation.
Jahi McMath went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure on December 12. She never regained consciousness and was declared brain-dead.
Omari Sealey, the uncle of Jahi McMath, said Wednesday the girl’s school, E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland, will give the diploma to a family member. The school’s graduation ceremony is Friday.
Jahi was in eighth grade and scheduled to graduate when she underwent tonsil surgery at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in December.
McMath’s family went to court to prevent the hospital from taking her off a ventilator. The child was eventually released to them and relocated to an undisclosed facility.
Sealey said his niece is doing well.
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