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Brain dead girl hope: Jahi McMath's family not giving up on saving her

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The family of a brain dead girl is clinging to hope that Jahi McMath can still be saved. FOX News reports Dec. 30 that a Superior Court judge in Oakland ruled for the girl to have a second opinion by an appointed doctor to keep her on life support at Children's Hospital Oakland. The hospital had declared Jahi brain dead and wanted to remove her from the ventilator, but her family fought to keep her on it.

When the second appointed declared Jahi brain dead, the Oakland hospital was legally allowed to remove the 13-year-old brain dead girl from life support on Monday unless her family filed an appeal.

On Sunday the McMaths were hoping to move Jahi to a New York facility. Two California care homes rejected requests to take her. The McMath's attorney, Chris Dolan, did not specify which New York facility would possibly take Jahi in case media attention made transferring her there that much more difficult.

The Oakland hospital wants to remove Jahi from life support, but relatives of the brain dead girl have hope she is still alive and will have more of a chance to recover if given more time.

Oakland Children's Hospital said it had no heard anything from a New York facility regarding Jahi's transfer.

Hospital spokeswoman Cynthia Chiarappa said this about Jahi's condition, referring to her as a "dead body":

"We need to be able to talk to the other facility to understand what it is they are capable of doing. This is not transferring an individual in a vegetative state, but a dead body."

Since Jahi underwent a tonsillectomy on Dec. 9 to treat sleep apnea, she has been on life support following heavy bleeding after going into a cardiac arrest. Doctors at the hospital and the court-appointed neurologist from Stanford University have concluded that she is brain dead.

Oakland hospital said it would need written permission from the coroner for any "lawful transportation" of Jahi.

Transferring Jahi is the family's absolute last and final "hope" to save the brain dead girl. A federal appeal could still be filed by the family to keep her on life support longer.

It is heartbreaking to see the McMath family endure so much suffering. They believe so strongly that their daughter has the strength to improve by some miracle of God. It would be a wonderful thing if this brain dead girl had more hope, but it is looking less like it by the day. Miracles never cease, however.

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