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Brain dead after tonsillectomy: When patient will be moved to another facility

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Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who is brain dead after a tonsillectomy tragedy will be moved from Oakland Children's Hospital to another facility while on life support. Jahi's family must have this move done by Tuesday at 5 p.m., PT, which is when the hospital's restraining order that legally prevents them from disconnecting her life support expires.

Reuters reported Jan. 3 that on Friday an agreement was made between the hospital and Jahi's family to do this, hospital spokesman Sam Singer confirmed.

It is not known where the girl declared brain dead after the tonsillectomy will be admitted to. In recent news of the story, the relatives of Terri Schiavo have supported the McMath family. Schiavo died in 2005, a woman who was in a vegetative state and a 15-year court battle ensued over whether her body should have been kept alive.

Jahi went in for a tonsillectomy to help correct problems with sleep apnea at the Children's Hospital on December 9. She bled heavily and went into cardiac arrest soon after. Within three days the hospital declared her brain dead after the tonsillectomy tragedy occurred. The hospital was going to remove Jahi's ventilator that kept her heart and lungs functioning, but her family fought them in state and federal court to still keep her on it.

Singer said doctors agreed to remove Jahi from the Children's Hospital on Tuesday evening unless a court order states otherwise. The family must provide the necessary transportation to the facility that is accepting her. This decision was made after Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo denied the family's request on Friday "to force the hospital to insert breathing and feeding tubes into McMath." The family of the brain dead girl is concerned about her health since she has been without nutrients for almost a month. The judge also denied requests that an outside physician perform surgeries on Jahi at the hospital.

Jahi McMath's case has become an international news story. Her family is clinging to hope that she will improve with all exhaustive measures despite the medical diagnosis from multiple doctors that she is brain dead after a tonsillectomy gone terribly wrong.



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