When Jahi McMath was declared brain-dead, a death certificate was issued and legally the 13-year-old was not among the living. Her family wouldn’t give up, as they believed that Jahi still had a chance. They were very clear about their refusal to believe the medical professionals’ call that their young daughter was dead.
Today it is reported that Jahi is showing brain activity and her parents want her declared alive in an unprecedented request to the courts. Did someone make one horrific mistake by declaring Jahi brain-dead? Should they have given her longer as her family requested?
She was declared dead because she lacked brain activity at the time, but the little girl is now showing brain activity and the family has petitioned the court to overturn the original ruling that Jahi is legally dead. They want their daughter to be declared alive again, reports News Max on Oct. 3.
This unprecedented case may send shivers down your spine when you look at what actually happened. Did the medical community give-up on Jahi too soon? Something went very wrong when 13-year-old Jahi underwent a routine sleep apnea surgery and never woke up again. Against the family’s will she was declared dead because there was no brain activity, or at least none that could be detected.
The court did not make the hospital keep the girl on life support as the family hoped that they would, so Jahi was released home to her family after the hospital tried to take her off the ventilator, according to Mercury News.
Jahi spent the last several months in New Jersey at a private Roman Catholic hospital where she has shown improvement. The family’s attorney, Chris Dolan, will offer up testimony from “medical experts on brain death,” including one who is considered “world-class.” These experts are prepared to tell the court that this little girl is not brain dead.
Jahi McMath’s story could be one coming from anybody’s little girl if the circumstances were the same. This means if the court does overturn Jahi’s death certificate, someone signed off on a child as “dead” who still had a chance at life. This is the scary conclusion to this story if the family’s request is granted in court.
The attorney said that the 13-year-old is responding to her mother’s voice and her EEG brain scans show brain activity. Does this mean that the criteria used to have someone declared brain dead is flawed? Or does this mean that what her family is seeing is nothing short of a miracle?
The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland is the medical facility that not only did Jahi’s initial surgery that left her in this state, but they are the same hospital that turned sent her home. They refused to treat her on the ventilator any longer, signing the child off as dead.
Dr. David Durand from that hospital said that the medical facility’s officials are aware of the family petitioning the court to have their daughter declared alive.