California girl Jahi McMath, 13, was declared brain dead after undergoing surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids. According to a Jan. 1, 2014 NewsMax report, Terri Schiavo’s family has now joined the fight to keep the child on life support.
The tonsillectomy took place on Dec. 9, 2013, at Children’s Hospital Oakland, and only three days later on Dec. 12 doctors at the facility declared her brain dead from complications.
According to WPRO, a federal complaint filed by Jahi’s family states the eighth grader lost a large amount of blood after the procedure, which caused her to suffer a heart attack and lose oxygen to her brain.
On Tuesday a federal judge extended Jahi’s life support to Jan. 7.
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network released a statement noting it is trying to find a long-term care facility that will treat Jahi, according to NewsMax.
Terri suffered cardiac arrest in 1990 and suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen. In 2005, Terri died after being removed from feeding tubes. Her family had battled for several decades to keep her on life support believing she was able to comprehend all that was going on around her despite doctors diagnosing her as being in a vegetative state.
The statement from the foundation also noted, “Together with our team of experts, Terri’s Network believes Jahi’s case is representative of a very deep problem within the U.S. healthcare system – particularly those issues surrounding the deaths of patients within the confines of hospital corporations, which have a vested financial interest in discontinuing life.”
Christopher Dolan, the McMath family attorney, said he is fighting for Jahi to have a tracheostomy, asserting, “If Children’s Hospital Oakland would perform the procedure we could quickly move Jahi to a facility that provides innovative world-class treatments, of the type being given to Prime Minister Sharon in Israel,” NewsMax reports.
WPRO reports that Sam Singer, a spokesperson for the hospital said, “Nothing is going to bring her back… There is no facility that we know of that is going to accept a deceased person on a ventilator. That being said, if they can find one, we’ll do everything in our power to accede to their wishes.”
The McMath family believes they have found a facility in New York that is willing to take Jahi, according to NewsMax.