Jahi McMath ‘improving,’ and ‘doing very well’ after receiving treatment, family says
OAKLAND, CA, January 9, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A 13-year-old girl declared “brain dead” by doctors at Oakland’s Children’s Hospital after suffering cardiac arrest following surgery to treat sleep apnea is said to be “improving” after receiving a tracheostomy and feeding tube.
“She is doing very well, and now getting the treatment she should have gotten 28 days ago,” family attorney Christopher Dolan said via Twitter. “Doctors are optimistic that her condition has stabilized.”
Previously, they had begged the hospital to allow the procedures to be performed there, where Jahi had remained on a ventilator following her cardiac arrest on December 9, but the hospital refused, saying they would not allow medical procedures to be performed on a “deceased” patient.
California defines a loss of brain activity as legal death, but both Jahi’s family and Dr. Paul Byrne, who examined Jahi while she was at Children’s, said that despite the hospital’s insistence that Jahi was “brain dead,” her heart was beating on its own, her organs were functioning and she was responding with movements to family members.