Despite my personal view that the McMath family should let their beloved go home to peace, on this earth, Jahi McMath's mother has every right to fight for what she believes. If that mother believes her child will regain consciouness (she most likely wont) and has the means to maintain her child on life support, no one should be able to override that.
Children's Hospital Oakland has openly expressed its desire to disconnect 13-year-old, Jahi McMath from life support after she succumb to complications of tonsillectomy, backing with reasons of "not treating the dead" in addition to investigating what went wrong with Miss McMath.
However, Jahi's family has found two unnamed facilities that will allow the family to continue life support and someone willing to safely transfer her to one of them, which entails a physician. The new problem is the hospital wont allow another physician to connect Miss McMath so the family can safely transfer her.
I don't understand that move from the hospital. Yet, CNN says the hospital has denied this. But why would the family blatantly lie and open themselves to a possible slander and libel suit? This issue will present a messy litigation battle while that baby is still attached to a ventilator and long after she is disconnected. Jahi McMath's family has a clear cut medical malpractice and possible wrongful death suit and if it is proven the family isn't being truthful, there is the possibility of more litigation.
The debate over the issue of whether the child is alive has started to relive the days of Terry Schiavo, the young woman who was a living vegetable and whose husband wanted to allow her to die naturally and fought her parents to disconnect her feeding tube. To me, starving one to death is a terrible way to allow someone to die. Ms. Schiavo could breathe on her own but otherwise was considered a vegetable. The argument went around Ms. Schiavo's personal desire to live that way. She had no way of communicating that and the legal battle came down to her husband's intimacy with his wife and a mother who loved her child.
But Jahi is completely different-she is a child and she cannot breathe on her own. The first basic need for the human body is oxygen and if her body is letting go, then the child is ready move on. I am sad for her mother, God forbid I have to face that turmoil, but there is a need for people on both sides to take responsibility and to allow that child to naturally decide if she wants to be here or with her maker.