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Brain dead girl hope: Hospital in New York 'last hope' for brain dead Jahi

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A brain dead girl's "last hope" lies in the hands of a hospital in New York. On Dec. 29, NBC News reported that Jahi McMath -- the girl who was left brain dead following routine tonsil surgery -- might be able to stay on life support because there is a hospital that might help her family out.

"It's an organization that believes in life. It's our last, last hope," said the family's attorney Chris Dolan. This move is crucial for McMath's family. At least two other medical facilities have withdrawn offers to care for 13-year-old Jahi so her chances of being kept "alive" are slim.

The brain dead girl's family has hope that their daughter won't be taken off life support but a judge has ordered that Jahi be removed from the machines that are keeping her alive after two doctors confirmed that she is brain dead. She has been on life support since Dec. 9 after she went into cardiac arrest following her tonsillectomy.

In order for Jahi to be transferred to another hospital she will need to have surgery. Doctors need to insert a breathing tube and a feeding tube -- and most hospitals have said that they will not operate on a "dead body."

Having hope for this brain dead girl is hard but it's clear that her family isn't ready to let her go. What do you think should happen in this case? Should Jahi be taken off of life support? Should her family continue their quest to keep her "alive"?

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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